Open Philanthropy Project: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Open Philanthropy Project focuses its global security grantmaking on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

IP TAKE: Those seeking grants from this funder will have a difficult time. While grants are generally sizable, fewer than 10 are awarded each year. 

PROFILE: Originally established as partnership between Good Ventures and the charity evaluator GiveWell, the Open Philanthropy Project adopted its name in 2014 and officially became an independent limited liability company in 2017. Elie Hassenfeld and Holden Karnofsky founded GiveWell in 2007 and Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna founded Good Ventures in 2011.

While initially confusing, the OPP fund makes some sizable grants through its Global Catastrophic Risks portfolio. This portfolio focuses on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. According to the OPP, pandemics pose a significant threat to “[g]lobal welfare and stability.” Thus, the fund supports projects related to disease surveillance, pandemic and biosecurity policy development, and “[t]he governance of dual-use research.” The fund is also interested in other work and projects that may reduce biosecurity threats.

Grants range from $300,000 to $3 million. The fund awards few biosecurity grants each year, typically to INGOs such as the Center for International Security and Cooperation. To learn more about OPP fund grantees, explore its grants database.

The OPP does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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