The Mission of this "Funding Science" blog is simple:
1. Explore the potential for corporate, foundation, and individual donor funding for serious science.
2. Discuss proven strategies and tactics for securing financial and in-kind
support for both field and laboratory research.
3. Share best practices and sources that lead to sustainable futures, particularly for scientists on the cutting-edge of research in bleeding-edge
venues (the Global South, war-torn settings, etc.).
2. Book deal: Funding Exploration: the Challenge and Opportunity for Funding Science and Discovery in the 21st Century.
Bill Vartorella, Ph.D., C.B.C. is the co-author with Don Keel of an acclaimed new reference book published in the Marco Polo Monograph Series (#9) last July. In 370 pages, the authors detail proven strategies and tactics for attracting the estimated U.S. $50-100 Billion in private sector funding available worldwide for science and exploration annually--or more, if event sponsorships and niche marketing to core consumers are added into the equation. The book, crammed full of hundreds of unusual funding sources, is the result of first-hand experience with expeditions, corporations, and foundations in the U.S., U.K., Europe, South America, Middle East, etc. Mini-Case Studies include paleontology, mountaineering, coral reefs, endangered species, Mars analogues, archaeology, biomedical applications, and other scientific specialties. Contents:....1. Planning for the Sustainable Future of Science & Exploration....2. Pushing the Extreme/Managing the Risk (budgets, etc.)....3. Board Dynamics (how to create a Board that gives & gets $)....4. Investment Philanthropy (attracting & retaining individual donors)....5. Corporate Funding (navigating the corporate jungle and specific approaches for paleontology, coral reef research, mountaineering, endangered species, and a wealth of other disciplines)....6. Asian Funding (including direct mail prospecting for new donorsand corporate connections)....7. Foundations (how to target and solicit foundations that fund 20% of all proposals, insider guides to foundation decision-making, etc.)....8. Capital Campaigns (specific advice/model for exploration institutes)....9. Summary (and latest funding trends, post-9/11)....Bibliography and Funding Sources (the book contains literally hundreds ofpotential funding sources, including the arcane and rarely-used) List prices: $44.95 hardcover; $36.00 paperback: Summer, 2004. To order by credit card from Marco Polo, call TOLL-FREE 866-966-6288. For a signed copy, send a check payable to Bill Vartorella, P.O. Box 1376, Camden, SC 29020 USA.