Crowdfunding Studies Instrumental in Securing Five-Year USDA Grant

Martin Nielsen, parasitologist, veterinarian and assistant professor at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, has given a glimpse into the future of scientific research funding after winning a $2.1M 5-year grant from USDA.

The money was awarded after Nielsen raised over $12,000 through crowdfunding to conduct lab tests with collaborators that supported his proposal. Working with teams across other universities nationwide, Nielsen will lead the equine arm of a project that will help develop and test a new bacterial agent for parasite control among farm animals.

This research will also be of medical importance as over 1.5 billion people globally suffer from parasite infection.

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