Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center launched the first child health focused crowdfunding website this week. The website, ChildrensNational.org/Crowdfunding, gives the general public access to directly support any of the four featured research projects.
This pediatric crowdfunding program is designed as a pilot project to gauge both the need for additional funding sources from investigators and the interest of the general public in supporting specific research aimed at helping children.
“We know that government and philanthropic research funding is more competitive than ever before,” said Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen, PhD, head of the crowdfunding initiative. “We also know through our institute’s focus on pediatric innovation that there are many, many good project ideas out there that are either too small to qualify for that funding or need additional assistance to begin. This website could become a venue for these projects to earn the support they need.”
The four projects selected for this pilot were based on their stage of development and their potential to have longstanding impact on how care is provided to children. They include:
The pilot will run for at least 90 days. If successful, the next phase of development will include the addition of several more projects from across Children’s National Medical Center.
“This project is exactly the kind of paradigm shifting effort that the Sheikh Zayed Institute was created to support,” said Peter Kim, MD, PhD, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute. “As with any innovative idea, the outcomes are unknown, but the promise that we could redefine how important research ideas for children are successfully funded shows even greater potential.”
For more information, visit http://www.ChildrensNational.org/Crowdfunding.
About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News& World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Children’s National is a Magnet® designated hospital. With 303 beds and eight regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric services in the Washington metropolitan area. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.