UniMelb starts crowdfunding research

Back in June the University of Melbourne announced it was looking at crowdfunding research with props going to a cross-campus committee, (CMM June 4.) Four made the cut, rescuing endangered bandicoots, mobility aids, an astronomy cubesat and a scheme to inspire women “to become active Victorian citizens.”

It is common for crowdfunding universities to partner with an expert provider (for example DeakinU and Pozible) but UniMelb, which knows many millions of dollars worth of things about fundraising, is going it alone.

So what will work? ANU had a big success last year raising $57 000 (it had hoped for $4000) to build nesting boxes for Swift Parrots, which apparently aren’t quick enough to escape predators. Bodes well for the bandicoots.


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