Grants

As of , BERI and BSF have distributed in grants. In addition to this amount, BERI granted $2MM to the Survival and Flourishing Fund for further regranting.

Grants disbursed:

Date Grantee Category Disbursing Entity Amount Purpose
9/13/2017 Machine Intelligence Research Institute Organization BERI $100,000 Unrestricted
10/27/2017 Future of Life Institute Organization BERI $100,000 Unrestricted
10/27/2017 Future of Life Institute Organization BERI $50,000 Unrestricted
12/15/2017 Institute for Philosophical Research Organization BERI $25,000 Unrestricted
12/18/2017 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Organization BERI $20,000 Restricted - "for the support of the 2018 conference on AI, Ethics, and Society"
12/27/2017 Center for Applied Rationality Organization BERI $100,000 Unrestricted
12/28/2017 Machine Intelligence Research Institute Organization BERI $100,000 Unrestricted
1/2/2018 Miles Brundage Individual BERI $32,500 Academic Research Award
1/24/2018 Global Catastrophic Risks Institute (via Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs) Organization BERI $25,000 Unrestricted
1/26/2018 Center for Applied Rationality Organization BERI $800,000 Unrestricted
2/8/2018 LessWrong 2.0 (via the Center for Applied Rationality) Organization BERI $100,000 Restricted - "for the support of activities to develop and improve the website LessWrong 2.0"
3/30/2018 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Organization BERI $5,000 Restricted - "for the support of the 2018 AAAI Spring Symposium on AI and Society: Ethics, Safety and Trustworthiness in Intelligent Agents."
4/6/2018 Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (via Cambridge in America) Organization BERI $200,000 Unrestricted
4/10/2018 Future of Life Institute Organization BERI $300,000 Unrestricted
7/12/2018 Theiss Organization BERI $50,000 Restricted - "support research intended to reduce existential risk"
7/24/2018 Center for Applied Rationality Organization BERI $300,000 Unrestricted
7/24/2018 UC Berkeley Foundation Organization BERI $400,000 Unrestricted
9/4/2018 LessWrong 2.0 (via the Center for Applied Rationality) Organization BERI $150,000 Restricted - "for the support of activities to develop and improve the website LessWrong 2.0"
9/7/2018 Institute for Philosophical Research Organization BERI $50,000 Unrestricted
9/24/2018 Luca Rade Individual - PG1 BERI $20,400 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Luca will research the implications of coarse-graining by an agent in a complex environment for AI alignment.
9/24/2018 Jordan Alexander Individual - PG1 BERI $1,900 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Jordan will host several meetings at Stanford EA and the Stanford Transhumanist Association.
9/24/2018 Jamison Bryce Hidysmith Individual - PG1 BERI $20,500 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Bryce will analyze global risks from technology through a geopolitical lens.
9/26/2018 David Manheim Individual - PG1 BERI $25,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. David will research aspects of Goodhart’s law, focusing on multi-agent dynamics.
10/2/2018 Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (via Cambridge in America) Organization BERI $10,000 Unrestricted
10/2/2018 Roxanne Heston Individual - PG1 BERI $49,532 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Roxanne will work on a variety of AI policy projects in Washington, D.C.
10/2/2018 Baeo Maltinsky Individual - PG1 BERI $55,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Baeo will further his research on AI and technology trends.
10/2/2018 Zoe Cremer Individual - PG1 BERI $25,200 Restricted to Project Grant activities. The grant will support Zoe as a visiting fellow at CFI, where she will research disagreements about the amount and kind of structure required for AGI
10/2/2018 Colleen McKenzie Individual - PG1 BERI $51,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. The grant will support Colleen's research on AI timelines and the processes that produce technical and scientific progress.
10/9/2018 Stephanie Zolayvar Individual - PG1 BERI $100,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Stephanie will train herself in circling and host circles for people who are promising contributors to reducing x-risk.
10/10/2018 Jessica Taylor Individual - PG1 BERI $10,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Jessica will work on her research in AI alignment and other areas.
10/10/2018 Ben Goldhaber Individual - PG1 BERI $150,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. The grant will support his project (co-lead by Jacob Lagerros) to bring x-risk-relevant questions to popular prediction platforms.
10/15/2018 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Organization BERI $20,000 Restricted - "for the support of the 2019 Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society conference."
10/18/2018 Markus Stoor (via EA Sweden) Organization (facilitating a PG1 project) BERI $4,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Effective Altruism Sweden will support Markus Stoor’s project to coordinate two follow-up lunch-to-lunch meetings in Sweden for x-risk-focused individuals.
10/23/2018 Sarah D Spikes Individual - PG1 BERI $24,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Sarah will implement improvements in support of the Rationality and Effective Altruism Community Hub (REACH).
10/24/2018 Justin Shovelain Individual - PG1 BERI $100,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Justin will lead and develop “Convergence Analysis”, a new group focused on x-risk strategy research.
10/31/2018 (Aiken) Sebastian Farquhar Individual - PG1 BERI $12,000 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Sebastian will attend conferences and purchase compute for experiments related to his PhD research on uncertainty modeling in neural networks.
12/27/2018 Lucius Caviola Individual - PG1 BERI $44,353 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Lucius will conduct research on the psychology of existential risk.
1/22/2019 Leverage Research Organization BERI $25,000 Unrestricted
1/24/2019 Stefan Schubert Individual - PG1 BERI $86,580 Restricted to Project Grant activities. Stefan will conduct research on the psychology of existential risk.
2/26/2019 MIRI Organization BSF $600,000 Unrestricted
3/12/2019 ALLFED Organization BSF $25,000 Unrestricted
4/8/2019 Yarin Gal (via Americans for Oxford) Organization BSF $25,000 Unrestricted
4/9/2019 Leverage Research Organization BSF $50,000 Unrestricted
4/22/2019 80,000 Hours (via CEA U.S.) Organization BSF $350,000 Restricted to 80,000 Hours
4/22/2019 Future of Life Institute Organization BSF $50,000 Unrestricted
8/19/2019 Center for Applied Rationality Organization BERI $300,000 Unrestricted
8/26/2019 Silicon Valley Community Foundation Organization BERI $2,000,000 Restricted - "For the Survival and Flourishing Fund"

Note that for some grants, payments were sent (or will be sent) in multiple disbursements (and some disbursements depend on meeting pre-specified benchmarks), thus the individual or organization may not have received the entire amount listed on the date listed.