Our Grants and Investments
We recommended a grant to run two pilot studies in order to develop a platform that will allow policymakers to rapidly get reliable estimates about important quantitative parameters to inform policy measures during times of crisis, like during a pandemic. The pilot will focus on evaluating the cost-benefit profile of non-pharmaceutical interventions during pandemics.
We recommended a grant to an organization aiming to reduce childhood lead exposure and eliminate childhood lead poisoning worldwide.
We recommended a grant to support the creation of a small research organization that will use probabilistic models to forecast important questions about the future, in particular involving transformative artificial intelligence.
We recommended a grant to create a nuclear winter food scale-up plan which governments can adopt.
We recommended a grant to support the hiring of several key staff for Dr. Kevin Esvelt’s pandemic prevention work. SecureBio is working to implement universal DNA synthesis screening, build a reliable early warning system, and coordinate the development of improved personal protective equipment and its delivery to essential workers when needed.
Lionel Levine, Cornell University
We recommended a grant to Cornell University to support Prof. Levine, as well as students and collaborators, to work on alignment theory research at the Cornell math department.
Claudia Shi, Academic CS Research at Columbia University
We recommended a grant to pay for research assistants over three years to support the work of a PhD student working on AI safety at Columbia University.
Institute for Progress
We recommended a grant to support the Institute’s research and policy engagement work on high skilled immigration, biosecurity, and pandemic prevention.
Good Judgment Project
Peter Hrosso, Researcher
We recommended a grant to support a project aimed at training large language models to represent the probability distribution over question answers in a prediction market.
Michael Jacob, MITRE
We recommended a grant to support research that we hope will be used to help strengthen the bioweapons convention and guide proactive actions to better secure those facilities or stop the dangerous work being done there.
We recommended an investment to support the creation of Pretty Good PPE that is comfortable, storable, simple, and inexpensive. PGPPE aims to provide protection that is better than disposable masks and cheaper than both hazmat suits and N95s.
AI Safety Camp
Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley
Association for Long Term Existence and Resilience
We recommended a grant to support ALTER, an academic research and advocacy organization, which hopes to investigate, demonstrate, and foster useful ways to improve the future in the short term, and to safeguard and improve the long-term trajectory of humanity. The organization's initial focus is building bridges to academia via conferences and grants to find researchers who can focus on AI safety, and on policy for reducing biorisk.
We recommended a grant to support Manifold Markets in building a charity prediction market, as an experiment for enabling effective forecasters to direct altruistic donations.
Guoliang (Greg) Liu, Virginia Tech
Stimson South Asia Program
Prometheus Science Bowl
We recommended a grant to support a competition for work on Eliciting Latent Knowledge, an open problem in AI alignment, for talented high school and college students who are participating in Prometheus Science Bowl.
Giving What We Can
We recommended a grant to support Giving What We Can’s mission to create a world in which giving effectively and significantly is a cultural norm.
Gabriel Recchia, University of Cambridge
We recommended a grant to support research on how to fine-tune GPT-3 models to identify flaws in other fine-tuned language models' arguments for the correctness of their outputs, and to test whether these help nonexpert humans successfully judge such arguments.
Simon Institute for Longterm Governance
We recommended a grant to support SI’s policy work with the United Nations system on the prevention of existential risks to humanity.
Apollo Academic Surveys
We recommended a grant to support Apollo’s work aggregating the views of academic experts in many different fields and making them freely available online.
AI Safety Support
Daniel Brown, University of Utah
Sergey Levine, UC Berkeley
We recommended a grant to support outreach to help students to learn about career options, develop their skills, and plan their careers to work on the world’s most pressing problems.
Justin Mares, Biotech Researcher
We recommended a grant to support research on the feasibility of inactivating viruses via electromagnetic radiation.
High Impact Athletes
We recommended a grant to support HIA’s work encouraging professional athletes to donate more of their earnings to high impact charities and causes, and to promote a culture of giving among their fans.
High Impact Professionals
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative
We recommended a grant to support BERI in hiring a second core operations employee to contribute to BERI’s work supporting university research groups.
Bear F. Braumoeller, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University
We recommended a grant to support a postdoc and two research assistants for Professor Braumoeller’s MESO Lab for two years to carry out research on international orders and how they affect the probability of war.
Siddharth Hiregowdara, AI Safety Introductory Materials
Brian Christian, Author
We recommended a grant to support the completion of a book which explores the nature of human values and the implications for aligning AI with human preferences.
We recommended a grant to support EffiSciences’s work promoting high impact research on global priorities (e.g. AI safety, biosecurity, and climate change) among French students and academics, and building up a community of people willing to work on important topics.
We recommended an investment to build a communication platform that provably leaks zero metadata.
We recommended a grant to support 1DS’ work on pandemic preparedness, including advocacy for advance market purchase commitments, collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator on challenge studies, and advocacy with 1Day Africa and the West African Health Organization for a global pandemic insurance fund.
Cecil Abungu, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
We recommended a grant to support the development and application of a Minimum Viable Product of a data-driven approach to improving advocacy in areas of importance to societal well-being such as immigration policy.
Dr. Emilio I. Alarcón, University of Ottawa Heart Institute & University of Ottawa
This grant will support a project to develop new plastic surfaces incorporating molecules that can be activated with low-energy visible light to eradicate bacteria and kill viruses continuously. If successful, this project will change how plastic surfaces are currently decontaminated.
Rajalakshmi Children Foundation
We recommended a grant to support the identification of children in India from under-resourced areas who excel in math, science, and technology, and enable them to obtain high quality online education by digitally connecting them with mentors and teachers.
Nikki Teran, Institute for Progress
We recommended a grant to support the creation of a talent search organization which will help identify top young students around the world through a free to use website consisting of both challenging math and physics olympiad-style problems and discussion forums. Efforts will be particularly focused across India and China. These students will later be connected to support and programs so they can go on to work on the world's most pressing issues.
AVECRIS Pte. Ltd.
Council on Strategic Risks
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