Pandemics have the potential to cause significant, and perhaps unprecedented, harm. We believe natural pandemics represent one of the biggest current risks to global welfare and stability, and the risks from engineered pandemics — whether via accidents or misuse — may grow in the future. We’re interested in supporting the strengthening of disease surveillance, the governance of dual use research, policy development, or other activities that could reduce the threat of a major global disruption. We see relatively little philanthropic support in this area, and believe that philanthropy may have an important role to play, distinct from that of government.

For more on why we chose biosecurity and pandemic preparedness as a focus area, see our public cause report (January 2014), used in our process for selecting focus areas.

Recent grants

A complete list of our grants in the area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness can be found here. Grants include: