Starting on April 15, 2016 the Institute for Venture Science (IVS) will be accepting pre-proposals for the funding of unconventional scientific investigations that challenge mainstream paradigms. Early submittal is key as they may need to limit the number of submissions; the deadline is June 25. [read more]
Since 1994 the BIAL Foundation has supported 537 projects involving some 1200 researchers from 25 countries , resulting in the publication of 759 articles and abstracts in indexed journals. The current repository of scientific activity supported by the BIAL Foundation is fully searchable through their new database of project documents. [read more]
One of the best resources for finding grant makers and funding sources, including foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Comprehensive information on grants and funding sources in the European Union, UK Government, National Lottery and UK Grant Making Trusts.
IVS will fund high-risk, non-traditional scientific inquiries that may produce fundamental breakthroughs. They identify the most promising challenges to prevailing paradigms, and then fund multiple research groups simultaneously for each selected challenge.
NCCAM funds scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and the training of CAM researchers.
NPS is a crowdfunding platform for scientific research that is neglected or scorned by the two main sources of science funding in our society: big business and government agencies. Businesses fund research that is profitable. Government agencies avoid research that is upsetting to majority opinion, controversial, or threatening to industry profits. The result is science that ignores some important questions.
The Parapsychological Association supports research into parapsychology through several grants.
For individuals not associated with a qualifying organization, how to apply for grants and research funding as a researcher of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE). Lists all the major grant making agencies and funding sources.
Articles About Funding
The ins and outs of wooing philanthopists to fund your research. Published on Nature.com, 18 January 2012, by Heidi Ledford, PhD.
J. Marvin Herndon, PhD, reveals the four major flaws in science funding, as established by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Herndon goes into great depth in backing up his thesis statement: "The problem, I discovered, is that the science-funding process that the NSF invented and passed on to other U.S. Government agencies is seriously and fundamentally flawed."
Fund People not Projects (PDF)
How the research funding system is broken and possible solutions. Published in Nature, 9 September 2011, vol 477, by John P. A. Ioannidis, professor of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine, and professor of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences.
How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner
A revealing interview with Nobelist Sydney Brenner on the status of the current scientific enterprise: "Even God wouldn't get a grant today because somebody on the committee would say, oh those were very interesting experiments (creating the universe), but they've never been repeated."
An examination of problems in science funding, with a proposed experiment to fund some science based on the interests of the public, rather than established science institutions. Published in New Scientist, 19 April 2003, by Rupert Sheldrake, PhD.
Real-world examples of microphilanthropy: what can happen when the public decides which science projects are worth pursuing by personaly financing them. Published in the New York Times, 11 July 2011, by Thomas Lin.