This is just a brief reminder announcement that CEARCH is running a small cause exploration contest. The original announcement can be found here; the short of it is that:

  • We invite people to suggest potential cause areas, providing a short justification if you feel it useful (e.g. briefly covering why the issue is important/tractable/neglected), or not, if otherwise (e.g. the idea simply appears novel or interesting to you). All ideas are welcome, and even causes which do not appear intuitively impactful can be fairly cost-effective upon deeper research.
  • People are also welcome to suggest potential search methodologies for finding causes (e.g. consulting weird philosophy, or looking up death certificates).

Prizes will be awarded in the following way:

  • USD 300 for what the CEARCH team judges to be the most plausibly cost-effective and/or novel cause idea (and that is not already on our public longlist of causes).
  • USD 700 for what the CEARCH team judges to be the most useful and/or novel search methodology idea (and that is not already listed in our public search methodology document).

Entries may be made here. The contest will run for another 2 weeks, until 31st July 2023 (23:59, GMT-12). Multiple entries are allowed (n.b. do make separate individual submissions). The detailed rules, for those who are interested, are available here.





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Any other points worth highlighting from the 10-page long rules? I find it confusing. Is this normal for legalspeak? The requirements include, and I quote:

  • All information provided in the Entry must be true, accurate, and correct in all
    respects. [oops, excludes nearly all possible utterances I could say]
  • The Contest is open to any natural person who meets all of the following eligibility
    • [Resides in a place where the Contest is not prohibited by law]
    • The entrant is at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.
    • The entrant has access to the internet. [What?]

Hi Rime,

We based the requirements off the Open Philanthropy Cause Exploration Prize's official rules - see the full legal terms linked to here ( - and changed them only when necessary. Then it was vetted by the lawyer at CEARCH's fiscal sponsor.

I can't speak for the lawyers, but my presumption as a non-expert is that there are good legal reasons for the various clauses. For example, the prohibited-by-law stuff is obvious enough; and I imagine the access-to-internet-clause is ensure no administrative difficulties with contacting winners after the fact and getting the details needed to wire them their money.

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