Frequently Asked Questions

What is Healthfundit?

Healthfundit is a medical research discovery platform that enables anyone to find, vote on, and directly fund to potentially life-saving medical research that may otherwise not be possible.
Healthfundit surfaces hiqh quality research from the best scientists. It’s a place for people to share their input and help support exciting discoveries. Login to get started.

How do I get started?

The first step is to explore the home and discover page. Next, signup to become a part of the Healthfundit community. Now you can:
Upvote research you find interesting.
If you're a scientist or know one conducting interesting research, feel free to drop us an email at

Why should I sign up?

Chances are that you know someone affected by a medical condition or you're intrested in seeing good ideas advance! We think contributing to promising projects shouldn't require high barriers to entry so we made Healthfundit very easy to make your voice heard by simply upvoting. Check out how it works. It's easy to get started and make a large impact.
Basically, all you need to know is that with one upvote, you can help accelerate discoveries. Try it! Sign up here.

What is crowd review or "upvoting"?

On the homepage, there is a feed of brief research summaries waiting to be launched . The community and the Healthfundit can upvote summaries to help increase the chances the project will launch. .
Crowd review is simply upvoting a research you think sounds interesting, you want to see happen, or just show your support.

I'd like to join the conversation. Why can't I comment?

Currently, anyone who registers can upvote; however, Healthfundit is a place for those interested in science and productive discussion around it.

I'm interested in submitting. How does the submission, review, and approval process work?

Currently, scientists nor individuals are allowed to submit summaries or projects for crowdfunding. To keep a high bar for trust and quality, we rely on and only post projects that have been peer-reviewed. If you can think of an exception, send us an email at, and we'll look into.

Each project is scored independently and blinded by field experts before allowed to launch. Check out our how it works page for more information on the peer-review proccess.

Who can fund projects on Healthfundit?

Anyone! We have a diverse userbase that consists of other scientists, science-enthusiasts, patients, family, curious, and anyone who cares about improving the world's collective health.

Why is funding science important?

Success on our platform isn’t defined by simply reaching the funding goal. To us, success is the science actually working. Learn Why here

What is the cost of starting a project?

It is free to start a project. Once a project is funded, we take an 5-10% platform processing fee which keeps the site running.

What happens if a fundraising campaign doesn't reach the goal?

Because all projects are vetted, Healthfundit is a keep-what-you-raise fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach it's goal, backers will still be charged.

Are the donations tax-deductible?

No, donations are not currently tax-deductible.

Are there refunds?

No, there are no refunds.

Are any institutional indirect costs included?

Healthfundit's policy is that funds transferred to researchers are not subject to institution overhead. Email us at for more information about working with your institution.

What about IP, specifics about research?

Great detail is taken to keep research summaries completely anonymous. For launched campaigns, very few details are shared. Anyone interested futher may contact scientist directly.

What if I have a questions not answered here?

Feel free to reach us by email at