The Role of Crowdfunding in the STEM Ecosystem

Workshop Summary

This workshop will examine crowdfunding in science, both as a social phenomenon and as a practical way of raising funds to support STEM research. Our workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to academic scientists and engineers, social entrepreneurs from government and private sectors, and research management professionals. The 1-day workshop, hosted by Georgia Tech ECE Assistant Professor Morris Cohen and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will include networking sessions, panel discussions, and breakout groups.

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About the Workshop Host

Morris B. Cohen is an assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he leads the Low Frequency Radio Group. Dr. Cohen is a winner of the NSF CAREER Award in 2017, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2015, and was chosen for the Santimay Basu Prize in 2014, an award given once per 3 years to an under-35 scientist by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2010, respectively, and served as a research scientist until August 2013.

From September 2012 until August 2013, Dr. Cohen was appointed as AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, where he developed a pilot program proposal on the use of crowdfunding in NSF programs. At request of NSF, candidate is chairing and organizing this NSF-sponsored workshop to bring stakeholders together for discussion, including academics from across the country, industry and private sector experts, and government program managers from several agencies.


Event Details


  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Alexandria Carlyle, Alexandria, Virginia

For More Information Contact

Morris Cohen

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering