No, this isn’t a giveaway. Nor is it advocacy for a new persecuted minority.

FREE stands for the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, an organization founded by the late astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell. The FREE website explains it this way:

FREE was formally incorporated as a Not for Profit Research Organization on July 15, 2015.  FREE has been established by various retired Ph.D. Physicists, Ph.D. Scientists, Ph.D. Psychologists, Ph.D. Neuroscientists and lay researchers to facilitate investigations into “UFO related contact experiences with non-human intelligent beings and associated paranormal activity, from a grounded and rigorous scientific foundation”.  These interrelated subjects include alleged UFO related extraterrestrial encounters, UFO related contact with non-human intelligent entities from parallel worlds or other dimensions, plus UFO related associated manifestations that appear to violate known physical laws.

As part of gathering data on such experiences, FREE has created two surveys:

No one has ever attempted this type of academic research study. Our study involves 2 comprehensive quantitative surveys totally more than 600 questions and 2 qualitative research instruments. Phase 1 is our initial simple survey, comprised of 150 questions that can be completed in 15-20 minutes. Our Phase 2 Survey, comprised of 450 questions will be administered to those individuals completing Phase 1. Phase 3 is a qualitative instrument and involves written responses to 60 open ended questions along various thematic categories. Phase 4 involves a formal structured interview that will be orally recorded and transcribed. The participant’s complete anonymity will be strictly held.

As of December 1, 2015, we have received over 2,000 responses to our Phase 1 survey and over 1,200 responses to our Phase 2 survey, both in the English language.

To participate in the survey, follow the link below:


Should you have any question about our research study please send us an email to:
Dr. Rudy Schild, Executive Director
Dr. Jon Klimo, Chair, FREE Experiencer Research Study
The Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters  (FREE)

ANONYMITY: Confidentiality and Anonymity is extremely important to us. As a participant for our 3 surveys and formal interview, the Participant has a choice to remain completely “ANONYMOUS”. There will not be a way for anyone to find out who is the Participant, where they live, or any other personal information to identify you. In addition, the Interviewer will not have any personal identifying information about you. Instead, the Participant will be given a Respondent Number. During your Interview you will not be asked any information to identify who you are (name, address, or other sensitive personal ID information). All of the interviews will be audio recorded and later transcribed to paper via appropriate software. This is the reason why it is important to maintain complete anonymity. After the voice files have been transcribed, they will be destroyed. What will be left is a transcribed document that will not have any personal identifying information except for the Respondent Number.