21 janvier 2014

Crowdfunding ‘could threaten government investment’

By Chris Parr. The use of crowdfunding to finance research could be used by the government as an excuse to cut public spending, an expert has warned.
Joe Cox, principal lecturer in economics at the University of Portsmouth, said that the practice of academic crowdfunding – whereby researchers ask members of the public to back their project by making a donation – had the potential to complement existing funding mechanisms, but that it could be viewed by government as a way to cut research spending. More...

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