Announcing: "Lets-Fund.org: High-Impact Crowdfunding campaigns" & "Let's Fund #1: A (small) scientific Revolution"


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Our website:

http://www.lets-fund.org

What is Let’s Fund?

Let’s Fund helps you discover, learn about and fund breakthrough research, policy and advocacy projects.

We’re Hauke (formerly at CEA and the Center for Global Development) and Henry (software engineer, founder of EA Work Club). We created Let’s Fund as an alternative to “safe” donation options – to find high-risk, high-reward projects that are in need of more funding.

Our first crowdfunding campaign, Let’s Fund #1, is now online. We're raising funds for Professor Chris Chambers at Cardiff University. Chambers is a leading proponent of a new and better way of doing and publishing research, called ‘Registered Reports’, where scientific papers are peer-reviewed before the results are known.

This might:

  • make science more theory-driven, open and transparent
  • find methodological weaknesses prior to publication
  • get more papers published that fail to confirm the original hypothesis
  • increase the credibility of non-randomized natural experiments using observational data 

The funds will free up his time to focus on accelerating the widespread adoption of Registered Reports by leading scientific journals.

This ‘meta-research’ project might be exceptionally high-impact because we can cause a paradigm shift in scientific culture, where Registered Reports become the gold standard for hypothesis-driven science.

Check out our website to read our in-depth research on the value of science funding, meta-research, discussion of Registered Reports advocacy, and a cost-effectiveness estimate of Chris Chambers’ advocacy efforts.

Project Rationale

We want to move money to effective projects and spread EA memes. We give people an option to donate to high-risk, high-reward projects over established, risk-averse charities outside the mainstream EA cause areas. It’s also for those people who want to learn about where their money goes in advance.

We are looking for help from the EA community. In particular, we're looking for:

  • Concrete feedback on our research
  • High-level feedback on our first project in particular
  • High-level feedback about the idea of Let's Fund in general
  • Donations to our first project
  • Help in promoting our first campaign

We are happy to answer any questions there or in the comments below.