Science projects can progress without direct funding if the researcher is working in a creative environment where science experiments are part of the daily work-pattern. Research and development in scientific fields are carried out in industry, universities and government. University students experiment, research and write thesis. Hospital researchers conduct science projects as part of their daily routine. In these cases specific science projects are not directly funded, but the institutions that they practice in are. Some scientists financially support their own laboratories while applying for funding.
Science funding is required if research in any form of science, technological or social science is to be developed and applied. Governments, corporations and charitable foundations fund science projects. Science funding is a competitive process, which involves presentation of the science project to be funded and then an evaluation takes place. Scientists spend time seeking funding as without it projects fail.
An effective campaign is needed for raising funding for science projects. Obtaining funding is a challenge for scientists who need to be business and marketing minded. Focus on all the minutiae of the science project needs to be set aside and time allowed for fund raising as without funding science projects often fail. For a science project to be funded the project needs a wide public appeal and the research needs go have results that will help humanity. The presentation requires strategies that appeal to the selection panel and have forward looking appeal.
Scientists are taking a lead in creating ways to raise project funding. Blogs on science topics are popular and science project fund seekers Tweet and interact with a large audience. Universities have Facebook pages addressing science, use social networks and have established internal networks for communication. Funding is essential for science projects to progress and reach conclusions that can benefit all people. Lack of funding hinders progress.