Crowd-Funding as an Alternative to Research Grants: Some Reflections

Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

I am Head of History and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. I am the author of 'The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-1933' (Royal Irish Academy, 2010) and 'A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987' (Palgrave, 2013). I also co-edited 'A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s' (Irish Academic Press, 2015) and 'Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century' (Palgrave, 2017).

4 thoughts on “Crowd-Funding as an Alternative to Research Grants: Some Reflections

  1. It’s worth noting that Kickstarter has the same rule about not charging people for the donation unless the campaign is successful, but indiegogo’s systems charges people on the spot.

  2. Well done Ciara, I ran a fundit campaign about 2 years ago for €6,000 and although it was successful and success felt like I’d won an election, it did take blood, sweat and tears plus a lot of tweeting. I’m sorry I didn’t know about it when it was live or I’d definitely have supported and promoted.
    Like you, I think it is a great concept but I’m pretty darn sure I’ll never do it again! Never say never but it was tough going at times. You have to be determined to succeed and keep putting yourself out there.

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