I have a lot of friends in science. The re-emergence of citizen science being popular is happening in SF these days, but many of them are trying to figure out how to do science, not spend hours trying to write grants, and find funding still. How do we fund “citizen” scientists? Not everyone has access to know where these sort of investors “lurk”.
When we try to figure these things out we find ourselves in a position at loss, as the search leads us to there being no real contact list of science funders. I’d like to know the answer to that, and want to add it to the things I wish to explore in conversations I plan to have at “tea with nora” interviews from this coming week.
Many of these guys and girls that I do know who are going into doing their own science work also have come into it via entrepreneurial programs. Many PHD drop outs end up doing their own thing in my circles. I wish I just knew how to connect them more to people wishing to fund big picture projects that were science-related. Some of these people are experts in more than one field, and follow the “anti-disciplinary” ways promoted by Joi Ito, the current director of MIT media lab. This is a post to start a discourse about this matter and hopefully lead to me knowing more science funders in the future.