It is getting to the point that to make advances in the field of IEC Fusion collaborative efforts will be required due to the range of knowledge required and the cost. The individual with the home built fusor is not a thing of the past by any means, but it is not the wave of the future. I have been contacted by people from Jr. Colleges who are interested in doing fusion research so that is probably the place to go. Get your local Jr. College or College interested.
Here is one College doing work in the field that I have provided some advice and direction to: Peninsula College Fusion experiments. Here is another link with more details to the Peninsula College Fusor Project. There is also this link describing the genesis of the project, the cost in materials ($3,000), and the educational benefits. They also have a very nice Resources Link page.
In that vein I have contacted Rock Valley College and Rockford College (in Rockford, Illinois) to see if I couldn't get something started. We shall see if anything comes of it.
Here are some links to get those interested started:
IEC Fusion Technology blog
Open Source Fusor Research Consortium II
The World's Simplest Fusion Reactor Revisited
Disciplines and areas touched upon in fusor construction
Standardized Fusion Test Reactors.
I'm going to add a list of Colleges and Universities that are working on small fusion (budgets under $100,000 - places like The University of Wisconsin at Madison which has a rather well funded IEC program - well above $100,000 - will not be on the list). If you get something going in your home town send me some info. I'll add you to the list.
A Community College - no name given