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BackYourScience is a website platform for engaging the research community with its real base, the people.
We at backyourscience believe the only way to navigate through all the red tapes, roadblocks, and the frustrations that come along with a ‘work in progress’ system is through following a laissez faire approach within the regulatory framework. Essentially, this means we want this platform to work for you and us without the roadblocks that usually pop up in any such systemic environment.
The platform will be conducive for the flourishing of genuine, impactful and purposeful research initiatives using a crowdfunding model. The platform enables you to donate to research projects and be part of the scientific process.
BackYourScience will contain research projects which are carefully analyzed for their viability, usage, and relevance to the existing societal paradigm and on how it can further the existing paradigm.
In simple words, we intend to provide a platform for propagation and promotion of rational and scientific ideals in the society and thereby, contribute to the upliftment of the quality of life of all the stakeholders in the equation.
*BackYourScience will levy a platform fee from the project if it is successfully funded, the pricing of which will be dependent on the amount of funds required for a project. All your donations will go towards backing science, and this platform fee will be used to run a sustainable platform for continually support science in India.
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BackYourScience is a platform for crowdfunding research projects. BackYourScience allows certain users (“Researchers”, “Project Owners”) to list projects (“Projects”) and raise funds from other users (“Donors”, “Supporters”, or “Backers”). All funds are collected through a third party processor, which we may change at any time or from time to time in our sole discretion (the “Processor”). User credit card information never touches BackYourScience’s servers.
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Though BackYourScience cannot be held liable for the actions of a Researcher, Researchers are nevertheless wholly responsible for fulfilling obligations both implied and stated in any project listing they create. BackYourScience reserves the right, but has no obligation, to cancel, interrupt or suspend a project listing and refund all associated members' payments at any time for any reason. BackYourScience reserves the right, but has no obligation, to remove a project listing from public listings for any reason.
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By starting a project on www.backyourscience.com , you thereby comply with the fee policy of BackyourScience
The funds that you are required to raise for the completion of your project crowdfunding process will include the 6% platform fee or 2.5 Lakh rupees of the total donations raised, whichever is lower in addition to the GST compliance fees.
And only when the stipulated amount is raised, is a project completed its life cycle and only then shall the donations be transferred to the project owner.
The transfer of funds will be done stage wise according to the milestones set by the project owner at backyourscience’s discretion. For more queries, contact us at email@example.com.
The platform fee collected from the funds will be used for running a sustainable platform while helping research projects receive donations.
ALL OR SOMETHING: If your project raises above or equal to 70% of the initial funds required, you have the right to revise your project after thorough correspondence and clearance from the backyourscience review board. Only upon the completion of project revisal and acceptance, the donations made will be transferred to the project owner. BackYourScience fee policy remains the same on this condition as well.
By backing a project on www.backyourscience.com , you thereby comply with the fee policy of BackyourScience
The funds that you are donating towards this particular project will be used to provide funds for the completion of the same. And only when this project can raise the stipulated amount required, is a project completed its life cycle and only then shall the donations be transferred to the project owner.
A platform fee collected from the total funds raised will be used for running a sustainable platform while helping research projects receive donations.
ALL OR SOMETHING: If this particular project raises above or equal to 70% of the initial funds required, the project owners have the right to revise their project after thorough correspondence and clearance from you the funders and backyourscience review board. Only upon the completion of project revisal and acceptance from funders, the donations made will be transferred to the project owner. BackYourScience fee policy remains the same on this condition as well.
You also comply with all terms and conditions that you have accepted during the sign-up process.
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It is solely Your choice to contribute to a Project. You understand that making a Donation to a Project does not give You any rights in or to that Project, including without limitation any ownership, control or distribution rights, and that the Researcher shall be free to solicit other funding for the Project, enter into contracts for the Project, allocate rights in or to the Project, and otherwise direct the Project in its sole discretion. You further understand that nothing in this Agreement or otherwise limits BackYourScience's right to enter into agreements or business relationships relating to Projects. BackYourScience does not guarantee that any Project's fundraising goal will be met. Any rewards offered to You are between You and the Researcher only, and BackYourScience does not guarantee that rewards will be delivered or satisfactory to You. BackYourScience does not warrant the use of any Project funding or the outcome of any Project.
Donations to Projects are nonrefundable. Under certain circumstances BackYourScience may, but is under no obligation to, seek the refund of Project funding if the Researcher misrepresents the Project or misuses the funds. You acknowledge and agree that any and all Donations You make are between You, the Researcher and the Processor only, and that BackYourScience is not responsible for Donation transactions, including without limitation any personal or payment information You provide to the Processor.
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What is BackYourScience?
BackYourScience is a website platform specifically for the community, i.e you where you can actively participate in the science of it all.
We want this platform to be a place where researchers and the larger scientific community of India and the people come together to learn, interact, communicate, contribute, and drive scientific enquiries and in turn add value to all the lives of all the participants on the platform and all this while not losing out on the excitement, curiosity, and the fun of science.
Who funds the projects on BackYourScience?
Anybody with access to the internet can fund projects that are showcased on our platform.
But the most important part being, anybody and who would like to be involved with the science at works in each of the project listed on our platform.
What is the reward for backing science?
The project owners on BackYourScience will make you part of the entire project completion process, constantly updating the backers of a project with updates, community engagement activities, and awareness campaigns. This might usually come along with the rewards that the project owners have decided upon to give to the backers at their discretion.
In addition, the project owners will make their discoveries, findings and the research open to all the backers and eventually accessible to everyone which might come in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications, or other academic communication such as posters, thesis, open data sets, and more.
How is the science behind the projects reviewed?
BackYourScience has a transparent and a fair system of parameters to which the projects up for crowdfunding have to adhere to.
These projects will be carefully evaluated for their economic and resource viability, practicality and their potential scientific impact on the backers as well as the society, in consultation with subject experts from the respective fields.
What is the cost of starting a project?
It is free to start a project on BackYourScience. If a project is fully funded , BackYourScience charges a platform fee plus payment processing fees (roughly 2-3%). See our fee policy for more information.
What happens if a fundraising campaign doesn't reach the goal?
BackYourScience is an all-or-something fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach its funding goal(100%), then none of the backers are charged and a refund will be initiated.
But, if a project raises above or equal to 70% of the initial funds required, the project owners have the right to revise their project after thorough correspondence and clearance from your funders and backyourscience review board.
Only upon the completion of project revisal and acceptance from funders, the donations made will be transferred to the project owner.
Is BackYourScience a non-profit or for-profit organization?
BackYourScience is a non-profit company. All donations made towards BackYourScience will be used to continually back science sustainably.
Are the donations tax-deductible?
As of now, donations are tax deductible for select projects affiliated with certain kinds of non-profit organizations. These projects are labeled as tax-deductible on their project pages.
If you donate to a tax-deductible project, you will be put into contact with an organization administrator who can send you a tax receipt from the project owner’s side.
BackYourScience is in the process of acquiring tax exemption certificates, upon completion, you will be contacted.
How are the donations collected for a project transferred to the project owner?
Once a project is approved and successfully funded, BackYourScience will transfer the funds to the project owner. If the project owner is associated with an institution, then the funds will be transferred to the institution and the project owner should do the necessary to acquire these funds. The project owner should provide the details whilst starting the project.
If the project owner is not associated with any institutions, then the funds will be directly transferred to the project owner.
The BackYourScience fee policy will remain the same for both these conditions.
How do you protect my intellectual property when I submit a proposal for a project on BackyourScience?
BackYourScience is a platform for community engagement in science for India.
As long as you are communicating, engaging and being transparent with your backers regarding the science that you wish to do with their funds and the scope of your project, you DO NOT HAVE TO reveal the technical information/ intellectually sensitive information on our platform.
How do academic researchers use BackYourScience?
BackYourScience can be used to conduct early stage research to build upon the confidence in your idea and then can be used to build a case to acquire funds from traditional funding agencies.
Can I delete my launched project?
Projects that have launched on this platform cannot be deleted. When the campaign ends, it will no longer be discoverable by common search engines, but the URL will still exist.
Can I get a refund?
No, all payments that are charged once a project has met its goal are final.
Only projects that are unsuccessful in reaching its funding goal can initiate refunds to the backers.
How do I reset my password?
You can use the password reset feature on login window to reset it.
How can I contact you?
We at BackYourScience would be glad to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be at your behest and reach out shortly!