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Crowdfunding for Scholarly Projects in the Sciences and Humanities

General Information

  • This new program is currently in review by the ETSU Research Advisory Council; while the program has been approved in principle, it will not move forward until RAC review is complete.
  • ETSU supports crowdfunding campaigns for as many as 10 scholarly projects at any given time.
  • Scholarly projects within the basic sciences, clinical sciences, or humanities are considered.
  • All projects are reviewed for quality and monitored for compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines pertaining to scholarly activity and accounting.


  • Projects must meet acceptable standards for scholarly projects within ETSU's diverse community of scholars and must further the mission of ETSU.
  • A scholarly project generally leads to a publication, exhibition, presentation, performance, creative work, or invention and is typically subject to external peer review, evaluation, or adjudication.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are eligible.
  • Fund raisers for entities outside of ETSU, including charities and non-profits, are not permitted.
  • Click here for Detailed Eligibility Guidelines.

Application & Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by faculty selected by the ORSP.
  • Applicants for crowdfunding should receive notification of a decision within 30 calendar days.
  • If you have reviewed the Detailed Eligibility Guidelines and wish to proceed, click here to see the Detailed Application and Review Process Guidelines.
  • Click here for the Application Form (currently, the form is provided for review and testing by the Research Advisory Council only).


  • The ETSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Click here to see the Detailed Disclaimer which must accompany campaign materials on the crowdfunding site.

Increase Your Likelihood of Receiving Donations

  • work with ITS-Research Computing Services to develop campaign media
  • describe your expertise
  • explain the benefits of your research
  • identify other sources of funding
  • identify your collaborators
  • identify celebrity supporters
  • discuss publications and presentations
  • recognize donors
    • post donor names on web pages or social networks
    • send donors signed copies of research papers
    • host a virtual conference for donors
    • provide certificates of contribution to donors
    • send personalized thanks you cards to donors
    • invite donors to visit the research facility
    • donors receive tax receipts from ETSU
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