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 or 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 someone 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 Healthfundit community 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'm interested in submitting. How does the submission, review, and approval process work?

To keep a high bar for trust and quality, we rely on and only post projects that have been peer-reviewed at The NIH and scored in top 30th percentile.

Each project is scored independently and blinded by field experts before posted on our site.

Check out our how it works page for more information on the peer-review proccess.

If you'd still like to share what you're working on, send us an email at, and we'll gladly respond.

Who can fund projects on Healthfundit?

Anyone! We have a diverse userbase that consists of other scientists, science-enthusiasts, patients, family, curious, and virtually 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 more about Why here

How much does it cost?

It is free to start a project. Once a project is launched, we take an 5% platform processing fee.

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

Because all projects are vetted and peer-reviewed, Healthfundit is a keep-what-you-raise fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach it's goal, funds will still be transferred to the research.

Are the donations tax-deductible?

No, donations are not currently tax-deductible.

Are there refunds?

No, refunds are not possible.

Are institutional indirect costs included?

Our general policy is that funds raised on the Healthfundit platform are not subject to indirect costs, and are transmitted to the researcher, lab, department, or center account. Email us at if you have further questions.

What about Intellectual Property? How do I know research specifics are safe?

The information included in research summaries is far less than a lay propropsals. It's the equivalent of a brief description written for a very general audience. However, great detail is taken to keep research summaries completely anonymous. For launched campaigns, very few details are shared. Anyone interested may contact us directly.

What if I have additional questions?

Feel free to reach us by email at