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    2. 2. Getting the public invested in science<br />OpenScience Summit 2010<br />David Vitrant Ph.D. & Mark Friedgan<br />
    3. 3. Why We Started FundScience<br />The average age of NIH grant recipients is 42!<br />Few PhD and Post-Doc starter grants available<br />Few funding institutions provide money for untested ideas<br />NIH, Biotechs, and Foundations <br />Control most of the funding<br />Usually fund large, well established labs or facilities.<br />Retain intellectual property<br />I wanted my mom and friends to understand my research project<br />
    4. 4. FundScience Goals<br />Provide research funds to future generations of researchers<br />Create an ecosystem for scientists to collaborate with each other and interact with the public<br />Enable public philanthropy through tactical funding of small pilot research projects<br />Give public insight into the scientific process from grant writing to results<br />Apply open source methodology toscientific research<br />Getting the public invested in science<br />
    5. 5. Accomplishments<br />Raised over $100,000<br />Established partnerships<br />Pittsburgh Super Computing Center<br />Carnegie Science Center<br />Round one of grant applications is in progress<br />Received 501(c)3 status (Public Charity)<br />Press Coverage<br />Science<br />The Scientist<br />
    6. 6. Round One Projects<br />Elucidating the molecular mechanism of the Glutamate Transporter through simulation and modeling <br />Researcher: Joshua Adelman<br />Institution: University of Pittsburgh<br />Insights into multidrug resistant pneumococcal infections using comparative genomics <br />Researcher: Dr. N. Luisa Hiller<br />Institution: Center for Genomic Sciences <br />Spikerbox<br />Researcher: Timothy Marzullo<br />Organization: Backyard Brains<br />
    7. 7. Where we want to be<br />Active community of scientists and laypeople<br />At least 2 Project Submission cycles a year<br />Premier source of alternative funding for young researchers<br />
    8. 8. The Team<br />David VitrantPh.D<br />Founder and Executive Director<br />Ph.D. in Genetics<br />Active in molecular biology and genetics<br />Mark Alexander Friedgan<br />Founder and Chief Technology Officer<br />Infoworld 2010 Top 25 CTO<br />Startup technology specialist<br />Irena Friedgan<br />Chief Operating Officer<br />MBA from University of Chicago<br />Experience in Health Careand Financial Services<br />
    9. 9. Sponsors and Partners<br /> <br />
    10. 10. Questions<br />?<br />

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