Experiment.com is a "platform for funding scientific discoveries." The site currently hosts 555 publicly funded experiments in 20 discipline areas. At the time of this review, there were 54 funded psychology experiments.
Independent scientists, academic scientists, and corporate scientists all can propose projects. The Experiment.com team reviews all proposed studies according to a set of criteria that are detailed on the website. The site also provides extensive guidance for proposal development, including the establishment of funding targets. All projects are currently U.S.-based, but expansion to Canada, the U.K., and Australia is planned.
As a teaching and learning resource, Experiment.com presents a unique opportunity for students to learn about crowdfunding for scientific research.
Students who surf and review the research studies presented and described on Experiment.com will meet the following learning goals.
a) Describe and discuss the role of crowd-funding as a contemporary approach to supporting and promoting research;
b) Differentiate among research projects that are more vs. less likely to be crowd-sourced;
c) Examine and critique real-life applications of research methods in psychology (and other disciplines);
d) Identify contemporary psychology research topics.