Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Scientific research)

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell Good Ventures
Best overview URLhttps://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project
Facebook username openphilanthropy
Websitehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants
Twitter usernameopen_phil
PredictionBook usernameOpenPhilUnofficial
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values
Grant application process pagehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
AI Watch pagehttps://aiwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Open+Philanthropy+Project

Brief history: The Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil for short) spun off from GiveWell, starting as GiveWell Labs in 2011, beginning to make strong progress in 2013, and formally separating from GiveWell in June 2017

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The Open Philanthropy Project is focused on openness in two ways: open to ideas about cause selection, and open in explaining what they are doing. It has endorsed "hits-based giving" and is working on areas of AI risk, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and other global catastrophic risks, criminal justice reform (United States), animal welfare, and some other areas.

Notes on grant decision logistics: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process for the general grantmaking process. Every grant has a grant investigator that we call the influencer here on Donations List Website; for focus areas that have Program Officers, the grant investigator is usually the Program Officer. The grant investigator has been included in grants published since around July 2017. Grants usually need approval from an executive; however, some grant investigators have leeway to make "discretionary grants" where the approval process is short-circuited; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/discretionary-grants for more. Note that the term "discretionary grant" means something different for them compared to government agencies, see https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10213483361534364 for more

Notes on grant publication logistics: Every publicly disclosed grant has a writeup published at the time of public disclosure, but the writeups vary significantly in length. Grant writeups are usually written by somebody other than the grant investigator, but approved by the grant investigator as well as the grantee. Grants have three dates associated with them: an internal grant decision date (that is not publicly revealed but is used in some statistics on total grant amounts decided by year), a grant date (which we call donation date; this is the date of the formal grant commitment, which is the published grant date), and a grant announcement date (which we call donation announcement date; the date the grant is announced to the mailing list and the grant page made publicly visible). Lags are a few months between decision and grant, and a few months between grant and announcement, due to time spent with grant writeup approval

Notes on grant financing: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers or https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are for more information. Grants generally come from the Open Philanthropy Project Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with most of its money coming from Good Ventures. Some grants are made directly by Good Ventures, and political grants may be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. At least one grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york was made by Cari Tuna personally. The majority of grants are financed by the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; however, the source of financing of a grant is not always explicitly specified, so it cannot be confidently assumed that a grant with no explicit listed financing is financed through the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; see the comment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Funding for multi-year grants is usually disbursed annually, and the amounts are often equal across years, but not always. The fact that a grant is multi-year, or the distribution of the grant amount across years, are not always explicitly stated on the grant page; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Some grants to universities are labeled "gifts" but this is a donee classification, based on different levels of bureaucratic overhead and funder control between grants and gifts; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information.

Miscellaneous notes: Most GiveWell-recommended grants made by Good Ventures and listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database are not listed on Donations List Website as being under Open Philanthropy Project. Specifically, GiveWell Incubation Grants are not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=GiveWell+Incubation+Grants with donor GiveWell Incubation Grants), and grants made by Good Ventures to GiveWell top and standout charities are also not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+top+and+standout+charities with donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities). Grants to support GiveWell operations are not included here; they can be found at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+support with donor "Good Ventures/GiveWell support".The investment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/impossible-foods in Impossible Foods is not included because it does not fit our criteria for a donation, and also because no amount was included. All other grants publicly disclosed by the Open Philanthropy Project that are not GiveWell Incubation Grants or GiveWell top and standout charity grants should be included. Grants disclosed by grantees but not yet disclosed by the Open Philanthropy Project are not included; some of them may be listed at https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016
Scientific research (filter this donor) 24 22 64,270,838.00 8,539,400.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness (filter this donor) 1 1 320,000.00 320,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 25 22 64,590,838.00 8,859,400.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016
Scientific research 13 12 28,094,512.00 8,539,400.00 16,717,500.00 2,837,612.00
Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testing and governance 1 1 17,500,000.00 0.00 17,500,000.00 0.00
Scientific research/transformative R01 4 4 10,800,544.00 0.00 10,800,544.00 0.00
Scientific research/neurobiology 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
Scientific research/malaria/gene drive 1 1 2,350,000.00 0.00 2,350,000.00 0.00
Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testing 1 1 1,228,845.00 0.00 0.00 1,228,845.00
Scientific research/malaria/mosquito cryopreservation 1 1 1,214,437.00 0.00 1,214,437.00 0.00
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/Scientific research 1 1 320,000.00 320,000.00 0.00 0.00
Scientific research/plant pathology 1 1 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 63,000.00
Scientific research/antiviral and inhibitor work 1 1 49,500.00 0.00 49,500.00 0.00
Classified total 25 22 64,590,838.00 8,859,400.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 25 22 64,590,838.00 8,859,400.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016
Target Malaria (filter this donor) 17,500,000.00 0.00 17,500,000.00 0.00
University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) (filter this donor) 11,367,500.00 0.00 11,367,500.00 0.00
Arizona State University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,421,402.00 0.00 6,421,402.00 0.00
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group (filter this donor) 5,970,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) 5,000,000.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (filter this donor) WP 2,934,400.00 2,934,400.00 0.00 0.00
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (filter this donor) 2,350,000.00 0.00 2,350,000.00 0.00
University of Notre Dame (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,054,142.00 0.00 2,054,142.00 0.00
University of Southern California (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,738,500.00 0.00 0.00 1,738,500.00
VasoRx (filter this donor) 1,600,000.00 1,600,000.00 0.00 0.00
Rockefeller University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,228,845.00 0.00 0.00 1,228,845.00
CDC Foundation (filter this donor) Tw Site 1,214,437.00 0.00 1,214,437.00 0.00
University of California, San Francisco (filter this donor) 1,145,000.00 320,000.00 825,000.00 0.00
Life Sciences Research Foundation (filter this donor) 780,000.00 780,000.00 0.00 0.00
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Future of Research (filter this donor) 450,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 300,000.00
Rescuing Biomedical Research (filter this donor) 299,112.00 0.00 0.00 299,112.00
Science Philanthropy Alliance (filter this donor) 225,000.00 225,000.00 0.00 0.00
protocols.io (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Innovative Genomics Institute (filter this donor) 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 63,000.00
Duke University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 49,500.00 0.00 49,500.00 0.00
Total -- -- 64,590,838.00 8,859,400.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017
Chris Somerville|Heather Youngs 7 7 20,226,900.00 8,859,400.00 11,367,500.00
Heather Youngs 5 5 15,175,544.00 0.00 15,175,544.00
Claire Zabel 1 1 2,350,000.00 0.00 2,350,000.00
Chris Somerville 2 2 874,500.00 0.00 874,500.00
Nick Beckstead 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Classified total 16 15 38,776,944.00 8,859,400.00 29,917,544.00
Unclassified total 9 9 25,813,894.00 0.00 18,714,437.00
Total 25 22 64,590,838.00 8,859,400.00 48,631,981.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

If you hover over a cell for a given disclosures and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
Kevin Esvelt 1 1 17,500,000.00 17,500,000.00 0.00
Adam Marblestone 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
Dario Amodei 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
Holden Karnofsky 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
Nick Beckstead 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00
Classified total 2 2 20,470,000.00 17,500,000.00 2,970,000.00
Unclassified total 23 21 44,120,838.00 31,131,981.00 4,129,457.00
Total 25 22 64,590,838.00 48,631,981.00 7,099,457.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Our ‘Second Chance’ Program for NIH Transformative Research Applicants2017-12-20Heather Youngs Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Arizona State University University of Notre Dame Rockefeller University Univesity of California San Francisco Broad donor strategyScientific research/transformative R01The blog post describes a "second chance" program that the Open Philanthropy Project ran for rejected applications to the National Institutes of Health transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra Four grants were made based on this, totaling $10.8 million. The grants were also covered in Nature at https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0
Update on Investigating Neglected Goals in Biological Research2017-11-30Nick Beckstead Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project Target Malaria Broad donor strategyScientific research,Global health,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AgricultureThe blog post describes the way the Open Philanthropy Project is identifying neglected goals in biological research. Previously the hope was to investigate sub-areas deeply and produce write-ups. Now, the approach is more "opportunistic": rather than do public write-ups, staff look out for good opportunities for shovel-ready or highly promising grants in the specific topics identified as having strong potential
Daniel May: "Open Science: little room for more funding."2017-02-15Daniel May Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaScientific researchThe summary states: "I consider open science as a cause area, by reviewing Open Phil’s published work, as well as some popular articles and research, and assessing the field for scale, neglectedness, and tractability. I conclude that the best giving opportunities will likely be filled by foundations such as LJAF and Open Phil, and recommend that the Oxford Prioritisation Project focusses elsewhere." Also available as a Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/13wsMAugRacu52EPZo6-7NJh4QuYayKyIbjChwU0KsVU/edit?usp=sharing and at the Effective Altruism Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17g/daniel_may_open_science_little_room_for_more/ (10 comments)

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (25 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Science Philanthropy Alliance225,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/science-philanthropy-alliance-general-supportChris Somerville Heather Youngs Discretionary grant over three years to join the Science Philanthropy Alliance, "a community of funders who work together to inspire new, emerging and current philanthropists to dedicate a portion of their philanthropy to basic science.". Announced: 2018-05-15.
Life Sciences Research Foundation780,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/life-sciences-research-foundation-young-investigatorsChris Somerville Heather Youngs Grant to support early-career investigators. The funds will support four postdoctoral fellows for three years apiece. The fellows have proposed research projects investigating immunology, virology, neurobiology, and tuberculosis. Announced: 2018-05-03.
VasoRx1,600,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/vasorx-atherosclerosis-investmentChris Somerville Heather Youngs Investment to test a new therapy for vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and pulmonary hypertension. Announced: 2018-04-26.
University of California, San Francisco320,000.002018-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/ucsf-research-antiviral-activity-hsp90-inhibitorsChris Somerville Heather Youngs Grant to support research led by Dr. Raul Andino to test the broad spectrum antiviral potential of several drugs. The grant will allow Dr. Andino to carry out tests of the effectiveness of two commercial-quality drugs against five different viruses. Announced: 2018-03-24.
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group3,000,000.002018-02Scientific Researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-synthetic-neurobiology-group-2018Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Grant over two years. Grantee group led by Ed Boyden. Followup to March 2016 grant, and made for similar reasons as that first grant: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-synthetic-neurobiology-group. Announced: 2018-03-08.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center2,934,400.002018-01Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center-clinical-trial-sepsis-therapyChris Somerville Heather Youngs Grant to support Dr. Michael Donnino to conduct a multicenter clinical trial of a therapy for severe sepsis. Announced: 2018-01-30.
protocols.io200,000.002017-12Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/protocols-io-platform-improvementsHeather Youngs Discretionary grant to ZappyLab, Inc (doing business as “protocols.io”) to support improvements to the protocols.io platform, which provides open access for science methods. Announced: 2017-12-08.
University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design)11,367,500.002017-11Scientific Researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-of-washington-universal-flu-vaccineChris Somerville Heather Youngs Grant to support research by Professor David Baker and collaborators on the development of a universal flu vaccine, and to support improved methods for computational design of proteins to treat disease. Announced: 2018-04-04.
Arizona State University6,421,402.002017-11Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/arizona-state-university-canine-clinical-trial-multivalent-cancer-vaccineHeather Youngs Grant to be used in support of a canine clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of a multivalent, preventative cancer vaccine. The trial will test the cancer-prevention efficacy of a multi-valent frameshift peptide (FSP) vaccine, developed by Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston, in healthy, middle-aged pet dogs. The trial will be conducted under the direction of Dr. Douglas Thamm, Director of Clinical Research at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. Part of a set of "second chance" grants by the Open Philanthropy Project for some rejected applications for the NIH Transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra discussed at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants and https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0. Announced: 2017-12-20.
University of California, Berkeley5,000,000.002017-08Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-aging-related-research-conboyHeather Youngs Grant over five years to support research on the basic biology of aging-related diseases and impairments, led by Dr. Irina Conboy. Grant is a result of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/mechanisms-aging (investigation into mechanisms of aging). Announced: 2017-11-03.
Future of Research150,000.002017-07Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/future-research-exit-grant-2017Nick Beckstead Exit grant to allow grantee to find time for alternative funding sources. Follows a $300,000 grant made in 2016 for two years. Announced: 2017-08-21.
University of Notre Dame2,054,142.002017-06Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-notre-dame-nanopore-protein-sequencing-developmentHeather Youngs Grant over three years to the University of Notre Dame to support the development of an instrument that uses a sub-nanometer-diameter pore (i.e. a sub-nanopore) to read the amino acid sequence of whole protein molecules. The collaborative effort led by Dr. Gregory Timp involves researchers at the University of San Diego and Johns Hopkins University. Part of a set of "second chance" grants by the Open Philanthropy Project for some rejected applications for the NIH Transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra discussed at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants and https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0. Announced: 2017-12-20.
University of California, San Francisco825,000.002017-06Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/ucsf-liver-regeneration-experimentsChris Somerville Grant over three years to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to support research into the development of a stem cell treatment method for repairing or replacing damaged human livers. The work will be led by Tammy T. Chang, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery. Part of a set of "second chance" grants by the Open Philanthropy Project for some rejected applications for the NIH Transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra discussed at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants and https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0. Announced: 2017-12-20.
Duke University49,500.002017-06Scientific research/antiviral and inhibitor workhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/duke-university-timothy-haystead-hsp70Chris Somerville Grant for work that will be led by Dr. Timothy Haystead, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Funding from this grant will allow Dr. Haystead to pay a specialized company to determine the molecular structure of the human Hsp70i protein in a complex with HS-72, and to hire a summer intern to support his antiviral and inhibitor work. Announced: 2017-08-16.
Target Malaria17,500,000.002017-05Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testing and governancehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support-- Unrestricted support to group also funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding hopes to accelerate progress toward use of gene drive technologies for malaria control. Announced: 2017-05-17.
CDC Foundation1,214,437.002017-05Scientific research/malaria/mosquito cryopreservationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/cdc-foundation-malaria-control-research-- Supplement to grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support to Target Malaria; see writeup for latter to understand grant reasoning. Announced: 2017-05-17.
Rockefeller University1,500,000.002017-04Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/rockefeller-university-viral-histone-mimicsHeather Youngs Grant to support research on viral histone mimics led by Professor Alexander Tarakhovsky. Professor Tarakhovsky has discovered a novel mechanism through which viruses may influence host gene expression: he found that in influenza H3N2, the non-structural 1 (NS1) protein acts to downregulate antiviral genes (i.e. weaken host defense systems) by mimicking human histone 3, which interferes with normal histone regulation in the host cell. Professor Tarakhovsky and his collaborators plan to use this grant to further explore this mechanism in the life cycle of the yellow fever virus and to determine whether the mechanism occurs in other host-virus interactions. Part of a set of "second chance" grants by the Open Philanthropy Project for some rejected applications for the NIH Transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra discussed at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants and https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0. Announced: 2017-12-20.
New Partnership for Africa’s Development2,350,000.002017-04Scientific research/malaria/gene drivehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/new-partnership-africa-s-development-general-supportClaire Zabel Grant to the Planning and Coordinating Agency, the technical arm of the African Union, to support the evaluation, preparation, and potential deployment of gene drive technologies in some African regions. Part of a set of grants related to gene drives; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support for a larger grant to Target Malaria in the same domain and at around the same time. Announced: 2017-05-26.
Innovative Genomics Institute63,000.002016-12Scientific research/plant pathologyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-plant-pathology-workshop-- Money for a plant pathology workshop. Grantee housed at the University of California, Berkeley. Announced: 2017-03-27.
Research Institute of Industrial Economics500,000.002016-08Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/research-institute-of-industrial-economics-genomic-research-methods-- Grant to the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) to support the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC). IFN is a private, non-profit research institute in Stockholm, Sweden, with around 40 researchers. Previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-southern-california-genomic-research-methods (2016-04) to the University of Southern California also supported SSGAC. Donor notes: "Our understanding is that SSGAC has received substantially less funding to date than comparable consortia (such as in psychiatric genetics), but still produces high-quality, replicable research and serves as a model of careful public communication". Announced: 2018-04-19.
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health1,228,845.002016-07Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/foundation-national-institutes-health-working-group-- Grant to support ~20 experts recommending a consensus on field testing gene drives to fight malaria. This recommendation will include guidelines on how to safely field test gene drives for population modification and population suppression of vector mosquitoes in order to determine whether they could safely and ethically be deployed widely. FNIH and Gates Foundation have been the two big players in this area so far. Announced: 2016-08-01.
University of Southern California1,738,500.002016-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-southern-california-genomic-research-methods-- Grant to support the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) and the Behavioral and Health Genomics Center. Grant falls within interest area of expanding tools and techniques as described in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/path-biomedical-progress See also the followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/research-institute-of-industrial-economics-genomic-research-methods to the Research Institute of Industral Economics, also to support the SSGAC. Announced: 2018-04-19.
Future of Research300,000.002016-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/future-research-general-support-- Grantee is a new nonprofit with a stated mission “to improve the scientific research enterprise.” Grant is a preliminary one and Open Phil plans to revisit the organization after 2 years of progress. Announced: 2016-04-29.
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group2,970,000.002016-03Scientific research/neurobiologyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-synthetic-neurobiology-group-- Grant is to expand research at MIT Media Lab’s Center for Extreme Bionics. Among other things, the grantee is working on developing new methods and techniques for mapping the brain. Announced: 2016-05-09.
Rescuing Biomedical Research299,112.002016-01Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/princeton-university-rescuing-biomedical-research-- Grantee is a project based in Princeton University. Goal is to establish a more “predictable and stable” federal budget for research, and to improve grant funding so that trainees are funded by dedicated training grants. Followup conversation with Shirley Tilghman of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Shirley_Tilghman_05-19-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-05-19 and with Christopher Pickett of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Christopher_Pickett_11-16-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-11-16. Announced: 2016-01-27.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 1 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 33 2 47 0.0426 0.087 0.0131