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Some context: Scott Alexander writes a popular blog and wants to give away $250,000 in small grants (~$100,000 max) for EA-related projects. There's also an option to be connected with wealthier donors if your project is a particularly good fit.

The link addresses overlap with EA Funds and other similar grant programs.




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Scott should definitely consider funding the Center on Long-Term Risk and the Center for Reducing Suffering. These organizations are focused on reducing S-risks, or risks of astronomical suffering. Brian Tomasik has also endorsed these organizations as his top charity recommendations. S-risks are highly neglected, so more funding for these causes will likely have more marginal impact compared to other causes.

Hey, I've seen you mentioning CLR and the Center for reducing Suffering a fair bit. Just to double check, are you affiliated with either?

No, I am not affiliated with either.  I have been mentioning them because reducing S-risks seems like an extremely important cause, yet S-risks seem to be highly neglected within the Effective Altruism community.

Makes sense, thanks. 

I agree that s-risks are highly neglected relative to their importance, but are they neglected by existing sources of funding? I'm genuinely asking because I'm not sure. The question is roughly:

  1. Are they currently funded by any large EA donors?
  2. Is funding a bottleneck, such that more funding would result in better results?

Are they currently funded by any large EA donors?

The Center for Reducing Suffering is definitely underfunded.  To quote them directly: "As a small, early-stage organisation, we currently operate on a very limited budget; in fact, we only recently started paying researchers at all. The marginal benefit of additional funding is therefore particularly large: we have much room for funding, and funding at this early stage is critical for enabling CRS to get properly off the ground. the same amount makes a much bigger difference at this stage, compared to a more established or less funding-constrained organisation."

The Center on Long-Term Risk has significantly more funding.  CLR has an annual transparency report where you can see their financial information. Open Philanthropy also recommended a $1 million dollar grant to the Effective Altruism Foundation, the parent organization of CLR.

Is funding a bottleneck, such that more funding would result in better results?

More funding for S-risk research could potentially result in these organizations being able to hire more people and acquire more top talent. In the case of the Center for Reducing Suffering, as mentioned above, they are an early stage organization with a lot of room for funding.

When exactly is the deadline to apply? Thanksgiving, since November 25 is two weeks from when this was posted on November 11?

Asking on behalf of a professor friend who would appreciate the chance to work on her application over the weekend :)

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