This Should Not Need External Funding
If there's anything to the Global Consciousness Project (seen via Boing Boing), all they have to do is take it to Vegas or Atlantic City. If they're ejected from those places, they can try Wall Street.
On the other hand, this might just be a case of scientists moving goalposts and fooling themselves.
On the gripping hand, they might have been the people behind the mysterious short selling just before the World Trade Center attack.
Addendum: There's a takedown here.