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Our Grants, Investments, and Regrants

Organization Name
Funding Type
Area of Interest
Date of Grant
Amount
Funding Stream
June 2022

Dylan Iskandar

This regrant will support a summer research internship at Columbia University in Barnard’s Programming Languages Lab under Prof. Santolucito, as well as equipment and conference attendance. The research project is aimed at modeling and aligning program synthesis models in the setting of computational creativity.

$25,000
July 2022

Our World in Data

We recommended a grant over three years to support OWID’s work producing high quality data and analysis of global trends like the rise in living standards and effects of COVID-19. This grant will specifically support work tracking trends that are relevant to humanity’s long term prospects.

$7,500,000
June 2022

Global Priorities Institute

We recommended a grant to allow GPI to hire pre-docs and post-docs from economics, philosophy, and psychology and publish analysis on how to do the most good.

$1,215,800
June 2022

Sherry Glied

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.

$750,000
June 2022

Long Term Future Fund

We recommended funding to support their longtermist grantmaking.

$3,900,000
May 2022

LEEP

We recommended a grant to an organization aiming to reduce childhood lead exposure and eliminate childhood lead poisoning worldwide.

$400,000
June 2022

Differential Projections

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.

$250,000
August 2022

ALLFED

We recommended a grant to create a nuclear winter food scale-up plan which governments can adopt.

$300,000
August 2022

Longview Philanthropy

We recommended a grant to support Longview Philanthropy creating a longtermist coworking office in London.

$2,939,775
July 2022

Constellation

We recommended a grant to support 18 months of operations for a longtermist coworking space in Berkeley

$3,900,000
July 2022

Alignment Research Center

We recommended a grant to support researcher salaries, funding for contractors for evaluating AI capabilities, projects like the ELK prizes and workshops, and administrative expenses.

$1,250,000
August 2022

Charbel-Raphaël Segerie

This regrant will support six months of salary for Charbel-Raphaël Segerie to work on AI safety mentoring and study.

$25,000
August 2022

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette

This regrant will fund the writing of a book about classical utilitarianism and its foundations and implications.

$70,000
August 2022

Machine Learning Moral Uncertainty Competition

This regrant will fund the prizes for a competition on using machine learning models to estimate when human values are in conflict and estimate moral uncertainty.

$100,000
August 2022

The Inside View

This regrant will support Michael Trazzi to make 20 episodes of his podcast and YouTube channel about research on AI and its risks called "The Inside View." Funds compensated Michael for his time, for equipment, and for marketing.

$51,980
August 2022

Noa Nabeshima

This regrant will support three months of independent AI interpretability research.

$30,000
August 2022

University of California, Santa Cruz, Cihang Xie

This regrant will support Professor Cihang Xie's research on adversarial robustness and honest AI.

$350,000
August 2022

Space Future Initiative

This regrant will support funding for students at Harvard and Cornell to establish student groups to learn about and research longtermist space governance, including events, stipends, and prizes.

$90,000
August 2022

University of Pennsylvania, Professor Geoff Goodwin

This regrant will support three years of work on the Global Priorities Research psychology research agenda, for a post doc, conference attendance, research assistants, and payments for experimental participants, among other expenses.

$282,700
July 2022

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Dr. Rodney Croft

This regrant supports work investigating FarUVC, a wavelength of light which could safely sterilize pathogens in occupied rooms. This regrant supports the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a nonprofit group that sets international exposure guidelines, to 1) determine what additional information is needed to re-evaluate the guidelines for 180-230nm light, and 2) specify experiments that would provide that knowledge, including methodological details.

$1,206,000
July 2022

Safety Philosophers Program

This regrant will cover the costs of running a seven month AI safety research fellowship for philosophy academics. The funds will cover the costs of travel, housing stipend, office space, guest speaker honorariums, and the hiring of researchers, advisors, a project manager, and organizers for the seven month period.

$1,331,500
philosophy.safe.ai
July 2022

The Treacherous Turn Game

This regrant will support the design and creation of a tabletop roleplaying game in which simulates potential risks from advanced AI.

$96,000
July 2022

David Chapman

This regrant will support an independent researcher to investigate the magnitude of AI risk and the most useful actions to take to address it, how to improve Effective Altruist decisionmaking according to "metarational" principles, and potentially valuable projects in metascience.

$48,000
July 2022

Evan R Murphy

This regrant will support six months of independent research on interpretability and other AI safety topics.

$30,000
July 2022

University of Chicago, Professor Chenhao Tan

This regrant will support the hiring of a PhD student or postdoc to help orient their lab toward AI safety.

$250,000
July 2022

Princeton University, Professor Adji Bousso Dieng

This regrant will fund their research agenda into robust generative models in the face of non-randomly missing data, targeting use cases in healthcare, materials science, and climate.

$250,000
July 2022

Ben Marcovitz

This regrant will support leadership coaching for leaders of Effective Altruist projects.

$150,000
July 2022

AI Governance Summer Program

This regrant will support ten fellows to work on mentored AI Governance projects over the summer.

$91,417
July 2022

Jenny Xiao

This regrant will support a teaching buyout which will allow Jenny to spend 20 hours a week on AI Governance research.

$26,000
July 2022

Professor David Bau

This regrant will support several research directions in interpretability for 2-3 years, including: empirical evaluation of knowledge and guessing mechanisms in large language models, clarifying large language models’ ability to be aware of and control use of internal knowledge, a theory for defining and enumerating knowledge in large language models, and building systems that enable human users to tailor a model’s composition of its internal knowledge.

$765,805
July 2022

Yan Zhang

This regrant will support a teaching buyout to allow Yan to focus on forecasting AGI scenarios, as well as research on beneficial alignment and deployment.

$56,000
July 2022

Konstantin Pilz

This regrant will support independent study and research on AI safety and alignment alongside research assistant work for Lennart Heim.

$43,000
July 2022

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Professor Tim Oates

This regrant will fund Professor Tim Oates and a graduate student to work on AI alignment research.

$183,040
July 2022

Sandra Malagon

This regrant will support a year of coordinating several EA mentoring and community building activities with South American Spanish speakers.

$79,530
July 2022

Adam Jermyn

This regrant will support four months of theoretical AI safety research under Evan Hubinger’s mentorship.

$65,000
July 2022

Alex Mennen

This regrant will support six months of AI safety work.

$40,000
July 2022

University of Western Ontario, Professor Joshua Pearce

This regrant will fund Professor Pearce’s graduate students to conduct research projects on resilient food, specifically on manufacturing rope for seaweed farming and on making leaf protein concentrate.

$150,000
July 2022

Existential Risk NeurIPS prize

This regrant will fund prizes for papers at a NeurIPS Workshop, with $50k for papers that have the best discussion of AI x-risk, $50k for best overall papers.

$100,000
July 2022

Global Challenges Project

This regrant will support operations and logistics for the Harvard-MIT Existential Risk Summit held in Berkeley at the end of July. This four-day retreat will bring together incoming Harvard and MIT first years with Berkeley EAs and members of the Harvard/MIT EA communities.

$50,000
July 2022

Hear This Idea Regranting Program

This regrant will support a small grants program managed and advertised via Hear This Idea which will give funding to people to launch podcasts or audio projects focused on ideas that matter.

$25,000
July 2022

Adapt Research

This regrant will support the development of a first draft of a resilience plan for nuclear winter/extreme pandemic.

$152,000
July 2022

Javier López Corpas and Cristina Rodríguez Doblado

This regrant will support a year of work translating popular content on Effective Altruism into Spanish.

$75,000
July 2022

Future Forum

This regrant will support general expenses for running the Future Forum conference.

$100,000
July 2022

Tom Green

This regrant will support six months of research on technology policy case studies of key historical figures who influenced technology development.

$50,000
July 2022

Haoxing Du

This regrant will support a career transition grant from physics to AI safety.

$50,000
July 2022

Anton Howes

This regrant will support historical research contracting work.

$40,000
June 2022

Cornell University, Professor Emma Pierson

This regrant will fund Professor Pierson to expand her program of research on fair and robustly aligned ML systems, with a focus on methods that will remain relevant as capabilities improve.

$250,000
June 2022

Neel Nanda

This regrant will provide a year of salary, funding to hire a research assistant, and compute for an independent AI safety researcher.

$125,000
June 2022

Flourishing Humanity Corporation

This regrant invested in two mental health, productivity, and personal growth applications.

$80,000
June 2022

Center for Space Governance

This regrant will provide funding for six people to spend three months producing the Center’s research agenda and creating and registering the organization.

$80,000
June 2022

David Mears

This regrant will support a career transition grant to allow David to pivot to working as a frontend developer for Effective Altruist organizations, becoming a 'language model psychologist,' or participating in charity entrepreneurship.

$60,000
June 2022

Sam Glendenning

This regrant will allow Sam to manage a group of students to start a 'London Existential Risk Initiative' (LERI). This provided funding for that student group, and in particular will be supporting three UCL student organizers.

$42,798
June 2022

High Impact Medicine

This regrant will support 12 months of High Impact Medicine so that they continue (and scale up) their activities.

$170,000
June 2022

Bertha von Suttner-Studienwerk

This regrant will fund BvS, a newly set up humanist student scholarship foundation, to take on 10 more fellows.

$110,000
June 2022

SoGive

This regrant will support four months of their work on in-depth analyses of charities.

$92,715
June 2022

Joseph Bloom

This regrant will support Joseph Bloom to spend 3-6 months transitioning his career to EA/Longtermist work, including conducting research on biosecurity.

$25,000
June 2022

Montaigne Institute

This regrant will allow the Montaigne Institute to hire a full time staff member to work on AI policy.

$67,688
June 2022

X-Axis

This regrant will support one year of funding to found and run a broad-interest, high-end website, featuring high-quality writing and appealing visualizations focused on promoting longer-term thinking.

 

$160,000
June 2022

José Alonso Flores Coronado

This regrant will support 6 months of salary for work on biosecurity projects, partly mentored by Tessa Alexanian, Officer of Safety and Security at iGEM.

$38,500
June 2022

Aleksei Paletskikh

This regrant will support six months of work on distilling AI alignment research.

$27,000
June 2022

Cornell University, Tom Gilbert

This regrant will fund students and postdocs to attend a conference on Human Centered AI at UC Berkeley and work on a resulting report.

$25,000
June 2022

University of Toronto, Social Science Prediction Platform

This regrant will fund one year of operations for the Social Science Prediction Platform, a platform which allows economists and other social science academics to use forecasting in their research.

$492,119
socialscienceprediction.org
June 2022

The Royal Statistical Society

This regrant will support a course to teach civil servants in the UK to read, process, and use scientific research in their policy work. The course will focus on examples from emergency scenarios including pandemics and other existential risks.

$251,925
June 2022

Aligned AI

This regrant invested in Aligned AI, an AI safety organization seeking bridging funding.

$150,000
June 2022

Gryphon Scientific

This regrant will support a risk-benefit analysis of virology research.

$144,000
August 2022

Fund for Alignment Research

This regrant will fund the operations of the Fund for Alignment Research, which primarily provides engineering support to AI alignment researchers.

$1,025,000
July 2022

Redwood Research

We recommended a grant to support Redwood Research, an AI safety organization, and MLAB, a Redwood project to teach machine learning to individuals interested in AI safety, for 18 months which will support salaries, primarily for their researchers and technical interns, and the rest for compute.

$6,600,000
July 2022

Pranav Gade

This regrant will support three years of work, paid out conditional on progress reports for a cybersecurity project for AI research.

$50,000

Topos Institute

This regrant will support the second “Finding the Right Abstractions” workshop, likely to take place around January 2023, which connects applied category theory and AI alignment communities in an effort to understand self-selecting systems.

$30,000
July 2022

Peter Hartree

This regrant will support the recording of audio narrations of important philosophical papers. The recordings will be packaged up as a podcast feed with its own website, brand and YouTube channel.

$36,405
July 2022

Simeon Campos

This regrant will support Simeon Campos to work for a fraction of his year on AI safety projects.

$25,000
July 2022

Collective Intelligence Project

This regrant will support two researchers, Matthew Prewitt and Divya Siddarth, to create a research agenda on “collective intelligence” specifically aimed at mitigating Global Catastrophic and Existential risks, and run some trial projects based on it.

$250,000
July 2022

Chatham House

This regrant will support ongoing research and convening with representatives from UK government, academia/think-tanks, and AI industry throughout 2022-23. These activities will be supplemented by written outputs and the program will focus on UK AI policy and risk reduction, pandemic prevention policy, defense policy, cybersecurity policy, and UK navigation of great power technology relations.

$400,000
June 2022

Elizabeth Van Nostrand

This regrant will support continued mentorship of a medical researcher and work generating novel medical research literature reviews, on a variety of topics, including long covid.

$30,000
June 2022

Akash Wasil

This regrant will support five months of building and supporting the longtermist and AI alignment communities.

$37,500
July 2022

Condor Camp

This regrant will support additional funding for Condor Camp, the program for top Brazilian university students to come to Peru for a retreat to learn about Effective Altruism.

$50,000
June 2021

Korbinian Kettnaker

This regrant will support a promising student who is working to bridge algorithmic information theory with epistemology and AGI research for his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

$158,000
June 2022

Global Priorities Encyclopedia

This regrant will support a 6-month trial of setting up the Global Priorities Encyclopedia (GPE), a reference work on global priorities research featuring articles by academics and researchers from the effective altruism community. Funding would pay the project lead, web developers, and article contributions.

$241,500
August 2022

Gryphon Scientific

This regrant will fund Gryphon Scientific to analyze options for and hold a workshop on protecting potential pandemic pathogen genomes.

$177,583
July 2022

AI Safety Community Building Hub

This regrant supports the creation and initial hiring for an organization that is centered around outreach to machine learning professionals about AI safety and alignment.

$500,000
August 2022

VIVID

This regrant is an investment in VIVID, a customization-based mindset improvement app that aims to improve peoples' self-reflection and productivity.

$800,000
vivid-app.me
August 2022

HR Luna Park

This regrant will support an experiment where a recruiting agency will headhunt ML Engineers for AI safety organizations.

$200,000
May 2022

School of Thinking

This regrant will support a global media outreach project to create high quality video and social media content about rationalism, longtermism and Effective Altruism.

 

$250,000
May 2022

Legal Services Planning Grant

This regrant will support six months of research on topics including how legal services can be effectively provided to the Effective Altruism community, materials to be included in a legal services handbook for EA organizations, novel legal questions particular to the EA community that might benefit from further research initiatives, and ways to create an effective EA professional network for practicing lawyers.

$100,000
March 2022

Manifold Markets

​​This regrant will support Manifold Markets in building a play-money prediction market platform. The platform is also experimenting with impact certificates and charity prediction markets.

$1,000,000
manifold.markets
March 2022

David Xu

This regrant will support six months of research on AI safety.
$50,000
May 2022

Trojan Detection Challenge at NeurIPS 2022

This regrant will support prizes for a trojan detection competition at NeurIPS, which involves identifying whether a deep neural network will suddenly change behavior if certain unknown conditions are met.

$50,000
May 2022

Effective Altruism Office Zurich

This regrant will support renting and furnishing an office space for a year.
$52,000
March 2022

Akash Wasil

This regrant will support an individual working on supporting students who are interested in focusing their careers on the world’s most pressing problems.
$26,000