BERI's first grants program

Update: So far, our grants program has allocated approximately $1.7 million in grants and support projects, and currently holds approximately $6.8 million in funding (updated 2018-01)

The program was first announced on September 25, 2017. So far, our grants program has allocated approximately $1.7 million in grants and support projects, and currently holds approximately $6.8 million in funding (updated 2018-01), all via donations from entrepreneur and philanthropist Jaan Tallinn. The purpose of the program is to support organizations and individuals doing work that we believe will reduce existential risks for humanity.

Our grants are decided by a committee comprising Andrew Critch (BERI’s Executive Director), Kenzi Amodei (BERI’s Interim Deputy Director), and Mr. Tallinn (acting in a volunteer capacity). Like BERI itself, our grants program is currently focused primarily on x-risks from artificial intelligence, but is open to work that will reduce other existential risks as well.

So far, we have awarded the following grants, listed in the order we approved them:

Speaking broadly, we believe these groups to have done good work in the past for reducing existential risk, and wish to support their continued efforts.

We have also occasionally re-allocated some portions of our grants budget (with permisison from the donor) in order to defray the costs of certain programs and collaborations, including:

If you have suggestions or proposals for us, you may reach us at contact@existence.org.