As you may be aware, many researchers are now exploring the option of crowdfunding as a source of extramural support for research. We are in the process of developing policy and guidance related to the use of crowdfunding for research at CUNY. In the interim, it is important for all CUNY researchers to note that, when seeking crowdfunding, they are required to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to policies on intellectual property, conflict of interest, and human subject protection. In addition, researchers seeking crowdfunding must ensure that all funds are channeled through the Research Foundation of CUNY.

I am asking that you disseminate this information to researchers (faculty, postdocs & students) at your campus. This information is also available online.

For further guidance they may contact me or Farida Lada, University Director for Research Compliance, at