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FundMyPhD.com is a web portal that offers PhD students the possibility to match their research topics to the right commercial interest for funding thus creating a win/win solution for all stakeholders. The web portal also helps PhD students to gain access to the right companies in order to conduct their field and empirical research.
The key feature of the service is that PhD students will be given a powerful tool to advertise their PhD research projects and interests to their target audience. Their family, friends, well-wishers, investors and other industrial and academic stakeholders are also able to support PhD projects by donating through the site. Industrial stakeholders and academics can leverage on the medium to reach out to PhD research of their choice for funding.
FundMyPhD.com admin will make sure that every content posted by the users at www.FundMyPhD.com website will be carefully examined and moderated before approval for public view. FundMyPhD.com admin will also exam all comment for moderation before contents are posted for public view. However, FundMyPhD.com will not be held liable for any copyright violation an individual post will violate, although the admin at FundMyPhD.com will do our best to see that all contributions are original. Also the admin will make sure that all inciting comments, videos and pictures that do not adhere to FundMyPhD.com ethics and principles will be deleted immediately upon noticed. We therefore urge all users to show ethics, discipline and a high sense of morality, fairness and equity when publishing or commenting on posts. FundMyPhD.com takes ownership of any content posted by users and contributors.
Summary of Service
FundmyPhd is a platform where certain users (“Project Creators”) run campaigns to fund their PhD projects by offering rewards to raise money from other users (“Funders”). Through the Site, email, websites, and other media, the Service makes accessible various content, including, but not limited to, videos, photographs, images, artwork, graphics, audio clips, comments, data, text, software, scripts, projects, other material and information, and associated trademarks and copyrightable works (collectively, “Content”). Project Creators, Funders, and other visitors to and users of the Service (collectively, “Users”) may have the ability to contribute, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, facilitate the distribution of, collect, post, or otherwise make accessible (“Submit”) Content. “User Submissions” means any Content Submitted by Users.
Acceptance of Terms
The Company reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue the Service (including, but not limited to, the availability of any feature, database, or Content) at any time for any reason. The Company may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.
The Service is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old (and at least the legal age in your jurisdiction). You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are at least 18 years old and of legal age in your jurisdiction to form a binding contract, and that all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful. The Company reserves the right to ask for proof of age from you and your account may be suspended until satisfactory proof of age is provided. The Company may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time. This provision is void where prohibited by law and the right to access the Service is revoked in those jurisdictions.
Rules and Conduct
Additionally, you shall not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by the Company in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Company’s or its third-party providers’ infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (iii) bypass any measures the Company may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service (or other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to the Service); (iv) run Maillist, Listserv, or any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Service; or (v) use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any page of the Site.
You shall not directly or indirectly: (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Service, except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction; (ii) modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of any part of the Service; or (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that you receive hereunder. You shall abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations.
Project Creators agree to not abuse other users’ personal information. Abuse is defined as using personal information for any purpose other than those explicitly specified in the Project Creator’s Project, or is not related to fulfilling delivery of a product or service explicitly specified in the Project Creator’s Project.
Projects: Fundraising and Commerce
FundmyPhD is a platform where Project Creators run campaigns to fund PhD projects by offering rewards (Perks) to raise money from Funders. By creating a fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you as the Project Creator are offering the public the opportunity to enter into a contract with you. By backing a fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you as the Funder accept that offer and the contract between Funder and Project Creator is formed. FundmyPhD is not a party to that agreement between the Funder and Project Creator. All dealings are solely between Users.
By funding or creating a PhD fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you agree to be bound by this entire Agreement, including the following terms:
FundmyPhD is not liable for any damages or loss incurred related to perks or any other use of the Service. FundmyPhD is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between any Users, or between Users and any third party arising in connection with the use of the Service. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with campaigns on the Site. FundmyPhD does not oversee the performance or punctuality of projects. The Company does not endorse any User Submissions. You release FundmyPhD, its officers, employees, agents, and successors in rights from claims, damages, and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Service.
What You Can’t Offer As Perks
If you have any questions about whether or not you can offer a certain Perk, you can ask our team for advice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, via our ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the home page.
Fees and Payments
Joining FundmyPhD is free. However, we do charge fees for certain services. When you use a service that has a fee you have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. Changes to fees are effective after we provide you with notice by posting the changes on the Site. You are responsible for paying all fees and taxes associated with your use of the Service.
If a project is successfully funded, FundmyPhD applies a 5% fee to the funds collected & if the project is not successfully funded the fee increases to 9% of the funds collected.
In the UK, pledges are processed securely through a third-party payments processor (PayPal). The payment system fees are 5% plus £0.05 for pledges of less than £10, and 3% plus £0.20 for pledges of £10 or greater.
We are happy to transfer funds to overseas students however any bank charges or currency conversion fees for this service will be incurred by the campaign creator & deducted from the final campaign total before transfer of the funds occur.
Funders should be aware that although it is possible to support a Campaign from outside the UK, the cost of conducting international transactions can be considerably higher than that of domestic transactions. These extra costs vary from country to country, include variations in foreign exchange rates and therefore may more than offset the value of Cash Benefits featured in each Campaign.
FundmyPhD, through its payment service providers, may require a surcharge or service charge for the extra costs of processing international payments from Funders, and this may impact the overall Returns of supporting a Campaign. If any surcharge or service charge is applied it will be line with the fees that payments schemes and Funders’ banks apply to international card payments. It is the responsibility of the Funder to be aware of the any service charge or surcharges applicable to their Contribution.
FundmyPhD reserves the right to amend its fees from time to time. FundmyPhD will notify Funders of any changes to its fees by posting a notice on the Website. It is the User’s responsibility to ensure that it checks the current fee schedule prior to creating any Campaign or contributing to any Campaign.
See PayPal website for additional information on charges & fees https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/paypal-fees
The Service may permit you to link to other websites or resources on the internet, and other websites or resources may contain links to the Site. When you access third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. Those other websites are not under the Company’s control, and you acknowledge that the Company is not liable for the content, functions, accuracy, legality, appropriateness, or any other aspect of those other websites or resources. The inclusion on another website of any link to the Site does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with the Company. You further acknowledge and agree that the Company shall not be liable for any damage related to the use of any content, goods, or services available through any third-party website or resource.
Content and License
You agree that the Service contains Content provided by the Company and its partners and Users and that the Content may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright and other legal notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.
The Company grants to each User of the Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable license to use and reproduce the Content, solely for personal, non-commercial use. Use, reproduction, modification, distribution, or storage of any Content for other than personal, non-commercial use is prohibited without prior written permission from the Company, or from the copyright holder. You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial use or in any way that violates any third-party right.
By Submitting User Submissions on the Site or otherwise through the Service, you agree to the following terms:
FundmyPhD has adopted a policy of, in appropriate circumstances, terminating User accounts that are repeat infringers of the intellectual property rights of others. FundmyPhD also may terminate User accounts even based on a single infringement.
FundmyPhD will remove infringing materials if properly notified that Content infringes copyright. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify FundmyPhD by using our ‘contact us link at the bottom of the home page. You can also submit a notification by emailing us at email@example.com. Your notification should contain the following information:
The Company has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that the Company has no duty to take any action regarding any of the following: which Users gain access to the Site; what Content Users access through the Site; what effects the Content may have on Users; how Users may interpret or use the Content; or what actions Users may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. The Company cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data or information that Users provide about themselves or their campaigns and projects. You release the Company from all liability for your having acquired or not acquired Content through the Site. The Site may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. The Company makes no representations concerning any Content on the Site, and the Company is not liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained on the Service.
The Company does not guarantee that any Content will be made available through the Service. The Company has no obligation to monitor the Service or Content. The Company reserves the right to, at any time, for any reason, and without notice: (i) cancel, reject, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign or project; (ii) remove, edit, or modify any Content, including, but not limited to, any User Submission; and (iii) remove or block any User or User Submission. FundmyPhD reserves the right not to comment on the reasons for any of these actions.
The Service is provided “as is” and “as available” and is without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranties implied by any course of performance or usage of trade, all of which are expressly disclaimed. The Company, and its directors, employees, agents, suppliers, partners, and content providers do not warrant that: (a) the Service will be secure or available at any particular time or location; (b) any defects or errors will be corrected; (c) any content or software available at or through the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components; or (d) the results of using the Service will meet your requirements. Your use of the Service is solely at your own risk. Some states or countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
The Company makes no guaranty of confidentiality or privacy of any communication or information transmitted on the Site or any website linked to the Site. The Company will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on the Company’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.
Limitation of Liability
In no event shall the Company, nor its directors, employees, agents, partners, suppliers, or content providers, be liable under contract, tort, strict liability, negligence, or any other legal or equitable theory with respect to the service (i) for any lost profits, data loss, cost of procurement of substitute goods or services, or special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, substitute goods or services (however arising), (ii) for any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like (regardless of the source of origination), or (iii) for any direct damages in excess of (in the aggregate) one hundred U.S. dollars ($100.00). some states or countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
Accessing the Service is prohibited from territories where the Content is illegal. If you access the Service from other locations, you do so at your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.
Electronic Delivery, Notice Policy, and Your Consent
By using the Services, you consent to receive from FundmyPhD all communications including notices, agreements, legally required disclosures, or other information in connection with the Services (collectively, “Contract Notices”) electronically. FundmyPhD may provide the electronic Contract Notices by posting them on the Site. If you desire to withdraw your consent to receive Contract Notices electronically, you must discontinue your use of the Services.
These Terms of Service (and any further rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and without application of the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods. You agree that the Company and its Services are deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over FundmyPhD or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers or shareholders, either specific or general, in any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms, or your use or non-use of the Services, shall be filed only in English courts, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any dispute, action, or proceeding.
Integration and Severability
On our FundmyPhD website every PhD student asking for funding will be required to create a campaign page detailing their research project & will be required to tell potential funders (donors) about the benefits of their research & why they are conducting their research. Students can upload supporting documentation such as YouTube video & PowerPoint presentations etc.
Before starting a campaign each students credentials will be verified by us as there is a requirement for them to upload proof that they are enrolled at a university (or an accredited educational institution) as a PhD student or that they have a letter of intent of starting a PhD programme. The student will open an account by registering their personal information with us before they can start a campaign on the crowdfunding platform.
The Funder (donor) will not get any financial return on their donation to the students PhD campaign as all money is given on a voluntary basis. There is no equity share for any potential Funders (donors) in the students PhD research.
Any donations pledged to a campaign will be held until the end of the campaign (campaign limit is currently set at no more than 60 days although we are recommending student to run their campaigns for no more than 30 days). The money would then be collected via our online payment gateway (which supports donations through Pay Pal & major credit/debit cards) & the funds donated would be sent to the student’s bank account or PayPal account depending on their preference. There is a risk of any student not completing their PhD programme. Should this be the case the Funder has donated the money at their own risk.
If the crowdfunding platform collapses mid campaign then no money would be taken from any Funders (donors) as the money is not drawn until the end of the campaign.
All money donated on the FundmyPhD website is given on a purely voluntary basis