A New Way to Fund Science

Welcome! pubfund.science is a way to get scientists and the public more engaged with each other about doing science. Our goal is to fill funding gaps created by the long-term decline in federal support for scientific research. Instead of filing updates with the government, pubfund scientists report to their backers in easy-to-understand follow-up videos about the research being conducted. Check out some of our projects below!

 
Dr. Bishé sampling algae with an 8th grade class.

Dr. Bishé sampling algae with an 8th grade class.

Citizen Science Project: Bio-prospecting

We're researching a way to make it easier to find interesting and useful cyanobacteria to do genetics on. We've sourced several strains locally, and we'd love to get the chance to 

Algae growth domes on the Martian surface (theoretical)

Algae growth domes on the Martian surface (theoretical)

Project: Engineering Algae for Mars

Algae are excellent at converting carbon dioxide to clean oxygen, which could be useful on Mars, where carbon dioxide makes up 95% of the atmosphere! However, we need to study the adaptations they'll need to allow them to thrive.

Check out our bumper sticker logo

Check out our bumper sticker logo

What Do I Get?

One of the shortcomings of scientific crowdfunding so far is the lack of interesting rewards. Check out what you can get by donating or raising money for our non-profit!

Water. One of my own personal favorite photos.

Water. One of my own personal favorite photos.

Scientist Blog

This is the blog of the pubfund founder, Dr. Bryan Bishé. In it, he talks about the science he's interested in and why it's significant, what it's like to be a scientist, and where we're headed. With a liberal helping of science fiction references, he tries to contextualize modern science.

Algae growing in hanging bags at an algae field station

Algae growing in hanging bags at an algae field station

Project: Algae Wastewater Remediation

If we're going to get serious about algae blooms, we have to do better intercepting excess nutrients before they reach our lakes and oceans. Cultured algae is perfect for this job, and it can help fix carbon dioxide in the process!