Open Philanthropy Project Fund: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Open Philanthropy Project has not yet identified a specific focus area for science research. However, it’s currently exploring life and social sciences.

IP TAKE: While grants from the Open Philanthropy Project are sizable, those seeking grants will likely have a difficult time as this funder has a very specific selection process.

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.

OPP is currently considering funding life sciences research, including but not limited to Breakthrough Fundamental Science, improving policy and infrastructure, and what it refers to as neglected goals in scientific research.  

Grants are sizable, typically ranging from $300,000 to $3 million. Unsurprisingly, the fund does not award a lot of grants each year and most go to larger, more well-known organizations. Of course, there is no way to predict if this pattern will hold for its science research funding. In the meantime, learn more about OPP fund grantees by exploring its grants database.

OPP is not the most transparent funder. According to the foundation, those who identify grantmaking opportunities for OPP are primarily GiveWell staff and Cari Tuna, president of Good Ventures. OPP does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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