University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) donations received

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Basic donee information

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Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500
Scientific research 1 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500 11,367,500

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design)

Donor Total 2017
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 11,367,500.00 11,367,500.00
Total 11,367,500.00 11,367,500.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy11,367,500.0012017-11Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-of-washington-universal-flu-vaccineChris Somerville Heather Youngs Donation process: In the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/questions-we-ask-ourselves-making-grant Michael Levine describes the process of deciding the grant: "Through ongoing conversations, the original grant proposal focusing on the development of a universal flu vaccine evolved into an expanded grant incorporating work on a computational protein design system that we believe could have much broader utility if it makes it possible to rapidly design new vaccines or antiviral drugs."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support research on the use of computational protein design to develop a universal influenza vaccine. This work will be led by UW Professor David Baker, Ph.D., and UW Assistant Professor Neil King, Ph.D. In addition, part of this funding is intended to improve the Rosetta molecular modeling and design software originally developed in Baker’s lab. UW Assistant Professor Frank DiMaio, Ph.D., and others will work to improve Rosetta to better predict the properties of proteins

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/questions-we-ask-ourselves-making-grant suggests a scope increase for the grant from being for a universal flu vaccine to being for improving computational protein design techniques as well.

Other notes: The grant is discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Intended funding timeframe in months: 60; announced: 2018-04-04.