SciStarter will recruit participants for your citizen science project.

By July 6th, 2013 at 6:38 am | Comment

Recruit More Participants for Your Project

Did you know that in addition to the services we provide at no cost, SciStarter helps grantees and organizations reach new audiences and broaden the impact of research? Consider SciStarter as you develop your grant proposals!

We identify and recruit targeted participants for citizen science projects. Whether you are seeking a few dozen, highly targeted participants, or several thousand, we provide a menu of services to help you launch or manage a successful initiative and we will deliver an engaged community. Here are some premium services you can expect from SciStarter:

Participant recruitment and management
Marketing and promotions
Distribution of kits, sensors, project materials
Collection of samples, data, information
Ongoing communications with your community

The University of California, Davis, for example, recently contracted our services to recruit 2,000 participants to collect and submit 4,000 microbe samples for Project MERCCURI.

“Because of SciStarter, libraries are participating in the Mastodon Matrix Project in droves!”

Carlyn S. Buckler, Ph.D., Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth

To learn how we can help you, email

SciStarter’s mission is

1) to help lay people find interesting science-related activities to take part in, and

2) to help the coordinators of such projects promote them and find potential participants.

We perform this free “match-making” function by inviting organizers to submit descriptions of their projects to our Project Finder tool. We promote these projects on our site and through our partners including Discover Magazine and the National Science Teachers Association.

To give you a little background, SciStarter was started by Darlene Cavalier, who also founded Science Cheerleader, to help make it easier for people to learn about, and get involved in citizen science projects. SciStarter launched in late December 2011 and, thanks to the addition of a smart, creative team and an enthusiastic community of supporters, more than one million visitors have turned to SciStarter to find projects of interest to them! Sponsors and early participants include the National Science Foundation, Science House, Discover Magazine, the National Science Teachers Association, Instructables, NBC Learn, and dozens of universities, federal agencies and others. We are also an official partner of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and will be hosting citizen science projects at their DC events and at several dozen additional events around the world this year.

If you have a project you’d like to add to SciStarter, go right ahead. It’s simple and free. Just click on “Add a Project” in the “For Scientists” section on the homepage.

Cheers to citizen science!

The SciStarter Team

Categories: Citizen Science,PLOS

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