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GEEKFUNDER(we” or “us”) values its visitors’ privacy. This privacy policy is effective 1-25-2012; it summarizes what information we might collect from a registered user or other visitor (“you”), and what we will and will not do with it.
Please note that this privacy policy does not govern the collection and use of information by companies that GEEKFUNDER does not control, nor by individuals not employed or managed by GEEKFUNDER. If you visit a Web site that we mention or link to, be sure to review its privacy policy before providing the site with information.
What we do with your personally identifiable information
It is always up to you whether to disclose personally identifiable information to us, although if you elect not to do so, we reserve the right not to register you as a user or provide you with any products or services. “Personally identifiable information” means information that can be used to identify you as an individual, such as, for example:
• email address
• session data for your login session, so that our computer can ‘talk’ to yours while you are logged in
If you do provide personally identifiable information to us, either directly or through a reseller or other business partner, we will:
• not sell or rent it to a third party without your permission — although unless you opt out (see below), we may use your contact information to provide you with information we believe you need to know or may find useful, such as (for example) news about our services and products and modifications to the Terms of Service;
• take commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction;
• not use or disclose the information except:
• as necessary to provide services or products you have ordered, such as (for example) by providing it to a carrier to deliver products you have ordered;
• in other ways described in this privacy policy or to which you have otherwise consented;
• in the aggregate with other information in such a way so that your identity cannot reasonably be determined (for example, statistical compilations);
• as required by law, for example, in response to a subpoena or search warrant;
• to outside auditors who have agreed to keep the information confidential;
• as necessary to enforce the Terms of Service;
• as necessary to protect the rights, safety, or property of GEEKFUNDER, its users, or others; this may include (for example) exchanging information with other organizations for fraud protection and/or risk reduction.
Other information we collect
We may collect other information that cannot be readily used to identify you, such as (for example) the domain name and IP address of your computer. We may use this information, individually or in the aggregate, for technical administration of our Web site(s); research and development; customer- and account administration; and to help us focus our marketing efforts more precisely.
GEEKFUNDER uses “cookies” to store personal data on your computer. We may also link information stored on your computer in cookies with personal data about specific individuals stored on our servers. If you set up your Web browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Firefox) so that cookies are not allowed, you might not be able to use some or all of the features of our Web site(s).
External data storage sites
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
Information collected from children
You must be at least 16 years old to use GEEKFUNDER ‘s Web site(s) and service(s). GEEKFUNDER does not knowingly collect information from children under 13. (See the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.)
Changes to this privacy policy
We reserve the right to change this privacy policy as we deem necessary or appropriate because of legal compliance requirements or changes in our business practices. If you have provided us with an email address, we will endeavor to notify you, by email to that address, of any material change to how we will use personally identifiable information.
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If you have questions or comments about [[GEEKFUNDER]]‘s privacy policy, send email to support@, or contact us via any of the ways described in the About Us page at URL.
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A new way to fund your research project!

We know it’s a huge challenge getting research grants from government agencies and foundations. Been there done that.

We’re creating Geekfunder as a new funding platform to prime the pump so you can pilot your scientific research projects.  Using Geekfunder, you can share your passion for your research with friends, family, and the interested public to obtain direct contributions; contributions small and large enough to fund proof-of-concept progress leading toward traditional institutional funding.

Geekfunder launches this upcoming summer of 2012.

On Geekfunder, you tell the story of your research project, and why it’s important to our world.  You create a funding goal for your project, offer unique perks or rewards for each contribution level you receive, and get the word out using our social promotion tools. If you don’t reach your funding goal, those who contributed don’t get charged. It’s a win win!

How does it differ from a typical NSF or NIH grant?

Crowdfunding your research proposal differs from your typical research grant.  All Geekfunder projects include a description, the value to our world, video, updates on progress, and comments from project backers. When the project is completed you share your learnings and results in a story understandable to the general public as the final step of the project.

All your communications are structured to take advantage of and expand your social networks on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +1, Research Gate, and even Pinterest to obtain funding via contributions from family, friends, and a general public that is interested in science at large. Geekfunder can be used to fund any sized project, although we expect most to be pilot projects, unless the engagement and popularity is so compelling that contributors flock to fund the project.

Project submissions to Geekfunder will be vetted by a core group in the Geekfunder community.  If you’d like to become a member of our vetting team, click here.

What does it cost?

It’s free to start.
 There is no charge to join the Geekfunder community and to launch a research project of your own!

6% Geekfunder Fee
. When your project reaches it’s funding goal, Geekfunder charges 6% of the money you raise which includes a credit card transaction fee.  This structure encourages you to set a reasonable financial goal, work hard, and publicize your project by getting the word out.

Who can launch a project on Geekfunder?

Geekfunder is focused on scientific projects from pure research, conservation, the environment, to exciting expeditions. It is a great way for scientists to bring their research projects to realization.  Project submitters must be able to show an affiliation with a scientific organization, educational institute or be an identifiable member of the open source scientific community.

Geekfunder is open to scientists, researchers, graduate students, even high school students with vetting from their teachers, and anyone passionate about science.