A group of Queen’s University scientists announced this week the launch of their crowdfunding platform, ResearchFunderNI, which is dedicated to raising funds for various cancer research projects in Northern Ireland.
ResearchFunderNi revealed it has partnered with cancer and medical research charities to collect funding for projects. The platform explained it reviews all projects for suitability (the quality of the project’s presentation), their goals along with organization and commitment demonstrated. The new funding portal is currently hosting a total of seven researching campaigns.
Campaign organizer Ken Mills, shared with Irish News one of the barriers for research is that small-scale projects may struggle to achieve funding.
“Funding for small-scale projects can be difficult to obtain and that’s why we’re using technology to create a platform in essence to digitally disrupt how funding for early stage cancer research is sourced.”
Dr. Jonathan Coulter, who is currently seeking 25,000 on the funding, website for his research on prostate cancer, also stated to the media outlet:
“Almost 30 per cent of patients with locally advanced prostate cancer will develop progressive disease with limited treatment options. The research aims to prove the increased curability of particular prostate cancer. By crowdsourcing the funding it will mean that we can act faster and deliver results more quickly.”
ResearchFundNi noted it is covering the payment processing fees so that all projects will receive 100% of its funding. It was also noted that all campaigns must achieve their funding goals otherwise they will not get any of the funds raised (All-or-Nothing Funding policy).
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