UniSA is opening up new opportunities for people to invest directly in innovative research projects through the use of online crowdfunding.
People interested in supporting UniSA research will be able to invest in specific projects and follow through to see the results as the research develops.
For the crowdfunding campaigns that reach their targets, UniSA has committed to boosting the funds raised by an extra 20 per cent.
The first three projects open for public support are:
helping NGO caseworkers and community leaders save the lives of vulnerable asylum seekers by creating a suicide prevention education program. Suicide is the leading cause of premature death for people seeking asylum in Australia;
a novel approach for controlling feral cats through the use of natural seed-based implants to support the survival of native Australian animals;
using interactive video technology to help stroke survivors regain movement and independence. The funding would allow the expansion of a trial, which has already shown very positive results.
UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation,
Professor Tanya Monro says the crowdfunding projects add a
new and empowering dimension to the way people view
“This move puts the community at the heart of our research in a new way and opens up the communication channels between researchers and the community more than ever before,” Prof Monro says.
“Each of the projects has a clear target for funding and has some seed-funding already established.
“They are all projects with a clear focus and practical objectives that will make a difference to people’s lives and the environment.
“The crowdfunding opportunity offers participants an insight into the researchers’ world – the planning, the checks and balances involved in developing new ideas and programs for action, the research process and the presentation and implementation of research outcomes.
“I’m confident we will have strong interest in the crowdfunding opportunities we’re offering and that opening up the chance for people to invest directly in research that matters to them, is now a viable form of additional funding for research.”
The University is a deductable gift recipient. All donations over $2 are tax deductible depending on personal circumstances.
More information about each project and how to invest in UniSA research is available on the Crowdfunding@UniSA webpage.