Center for International Security and Cooperation — Megan Palmer’s Biosecurity Research

Megan Palmer speaking at the international Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). (Photo by iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight)
Award Date 
10/2016
Grant Amount 
$643,415
Purpose 
To support Megan Palmer's biosecurity work at CISAC.

Published: November 2016

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The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a grant of $643,415 to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) to support Megan Palmer’s work on biosecurity. This grant is structured to provide two years of support, renewable for a third year conditional upon satisfactory progress.

Dr. Palmer’s policy research is focused on developing ways to improve the governance of biological science and technology, and we believe her work is well aligned with Open Philanthropy Project goals to reduce the risk of the misuse of advanced biotechnology.

One of the projects she intends to focus on in the next few years is a study of past, current and future iGEM competitions to better understand how to motivate young scientists and engineers to take biosafety and biosecurity seriously and how to instill those values in a way that lasts throughout their careers.