Chris Somerville|Heather Youngs money moved

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
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 strategyThe 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
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (19 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of California, Berkeley200,000.002018-10Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-of-california-berkeley-research-on-drought-tolerant-rice-by-prof-brian-staskawicz Discretionary grant over three years to support the editing of the rice genome for increased drought tolerance led by Professor Brian Staskawicz. The work involves using CRISPR modifications to increase drought tolerance on Indian rice, and the goal is to address the problem of erratic rice yields which have negative impoact on the livelihoods of 100 million small farmers. The experiments are funded in part my a match from the Innovative Genomics Institute. This follows the plant pathology workshop grant of December 2016 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-plant-pathology-workshop. Announced: 2018-10-23.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCDC Foundation1,044,501.002018-10Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/cdc-foundation-malaria-control-research-project-2018 Grant to support research on malaria control. This funding will be used to support work on the cryopreservation of mosquito larvae (which, if successful, would make it easier for researchers to maintain different strains of mosquitoes) and on RNA interference (which, if successful, would make it easier for researchers to avoid releasing female mosquitoes — which could potentially spread malaria — as part of field trials). Related previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/cdc-foundation-malaria-control-research (September 2016) and related grant to Target Malaria https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research (May 2017). Announced: 2018-10-30.
Open Philanthropy ProjectDuke University2,550,171.002018-10Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/duke-university-CRISPR-Based-Epigenome-Editing-Tools Grant over three years to Duke University to develop tools to apply epigenome editing to refine genome wide association studies (GWAS). The work will be led by Charles Gersbach, the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. This funding will support research to develop CRISPR-based epigenetic tools to interrogate thousands of regions of DNA, allowing for more nuanced studies of genomic regions identified through GWAS. The grant will also fund testing and verification of the tools by identifying loci implicated in schizophrenia, a poorly understood disorder. Announced: 2018-10-30.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of California, San Francisco1,021,318.002018-08Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-of-california-san-francisco-chronic-pain-research Grant over three years to support basic research on understanding the brain mechanisms that process pain messages and that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain after injury. The work will be led by Allan Basbaum, PhD, Professor and Chair of UCSF’s Department of Anatomy. This grant will allow UCSF to pursue an answer to the question of how the brain interprets various types of pain signals (e.g., heat, cold, mechanical) and itch, how these signals are regulated by different anesthetics and how they are altered when there is injury. Resolving these questions could facilitate the design of novel drugs that can block pain without also blocking consciousness. Announced: 2018-09-21.
Open Philanthropy ProjectVasoRx1,600,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/vasorx-atherosclerosis-investment Investment to test a new therapy for vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and pulmonary hypertension. Announced: 2018-04-26.
Open Philanthropy ProjectLife Sciences Research Foundation780,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/life-sciences-research-foundation-young-investigators 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectScience Philanthropy Alliance225,000.002018-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/science-philanthropy-alliance-general-support 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectMIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group3,000,000.002018-02Scientific Researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-synthetic-neurobiology-group-2018 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of California, San Francisco500,000.002018-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/ucsf-research-antiviral-activity-hsp90-inhibitors 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. Original grant amount of $320,000 in February 2018, and an additional $180,000 added in June 2018 (grant page updated around 2018-06-29). Announced: 2018-03-24.
Open Philanthropy ProjectMamoreruinochi wo Mamorukai40,000.002018-02Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/mamoreruinochi-wo-mamorukai-legal-aid-for-scientists-in-japan Discretionary grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Grantee, which translates roughly as Protect the Lives Protectable, is a Japanese organization that protects science journalists and scientists from attacks, insults, and litigation. Announced: 2018-07-06.
Open Philanthropy ProjectBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center2,934,400.002018-01Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center-clinical-trial-sepsis-therapy Grant to support Dr. Michael Donnino to conduct a multicenter clinical trial of a therapy for severe sepsis. Announced: 2018-01-30.
Open Philanthropy Projectprotocols.io200,000.002017-12Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/protocols-io-platform-improvements 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of Washington (Institute for Protein Design)11,367,500.002017-11Scientific Researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-of-washington-universal-flu-vaccine 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. 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. Announced: 2018-04-04.
Open Philanthropy ProjectArizona State University6,421,402.002017-11Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/arizona-state-university-canine-clinical-trial-multivalent-cancer-vaccine 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of California, Berkeley5,000,000.002017-08Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-aging-related-research-conboy 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectDuke University81,500.002017-06Scientific research/antiviral and inhibitor workhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/duke-university-timothy-haystead-hsp70 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. The original grant amount was $49,500. In May 2018, $32,000 to the original award amount for additional work on the project. Announced: 2017-08-16.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of Notre Dame2,054,142.002017-06Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/university-notre-dame-nanopore-protein-sequencing-development 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of California, San Francisco825,000.002017-06Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/ucsf-liver-regeneration-experiments 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.
Open Philanthropy ProjectRockefeller University1,600,000.002017-04Scientific research/transformative R01https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/rockefeller-university-viral-histone-mimics 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 Original grant amount $1.5 million; an additional $100,000 added to grant in July 2018 (page update: 2018-07-10). Announced: 2017-12-20.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017
University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 11,367,500.00 0.00 11,367,500.00
Arizona State University Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,421,402.00 0.00 6,421,402.00
University of California, Berkeley Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 5,200,000.00 200,000.00 5,000,000.00
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) WP 2,934,400.00 2,934,400.00 0.00
Duke University Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,631,671.00 2,550,171.00 81,500.00
University of California, San Francisco Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 2,346,318.00 1,521,318.00 825,000.00
University of Notre Dame Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,054,142.00 0.00 2,054,142.00
Rockefeller University Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,600,000.00 0.00 1,600,000.00
VasoRx Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 1,600,000.00 1,600,000.00 0.00
CDC Foundation Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) Tw Site 1,044,501.00 1,044,501.00 0.00
Life Sciences Research Foundation Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 780,000.00 780,000.00 0.00
Science Philanthropy Alliance Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 225,000.00 225,000.00 0.00
protocols.io Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00
Mamoreruinochi wo Mamorukai Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00
Total ---- -- 41,444,934.00 13,895,390.00 27,549,544.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Chris Somerville|Heather Youngs

Donor Donees Total 2018 2017
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) Arizona State University (filter this donee), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (filter this donee), CDC Foundation (filter this donee), Duke University (filter this donee), Life Sciences Research Foundation (filter this donee), Mamoreruinochi wo Mamorukai (filter this donee), MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group (filter this donee), protocols.io (filter this donee), Rockefeller University (filter this donee), Science Philanthropy Alliance (filter this donee), University of California, Berkeley (filter this donee), University of California, San Francisco (filter this donee), University of Notre Dame (filter this donee), University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) (filter this donee), VasoRx (filter this donee) 41,444,934.00 13,895,390.00 27,549,544.00
Total -- 41,444,934.00 13,895,390.00 27,549,544.00

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