Future of Humanity Institute — Work on Global Catastrophic Risks

Staff at the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute housed at the University of Oxford. (Photo courtesy of FHI)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
7/2018
Grant Amount 
$8,070,371
Purpose 
To support work on risks from advanced artificial intelligence, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and macrostrategy.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigator: Nick Beckstead

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Future of Humanity staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a series of awards totaling up to £13,408,434 over three years to the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), a multidisciplinary research institute working on global catastrophic risks at the University of Oxford. Of the total amount, $8,070,371.94 (at the time of conversion) has been committed to date, with the remainder conditional on successful hiring; these totals may be updated in the future. These funds will support work on risks from advanced artificial intelligence, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and macrostrategy. The largest pieces of the omnibus award package will allow FHI to recruit and hire for an education and training program led by Owen Cotton­ Barratt, and retain and attract talent in biosecurity research and FHI’s Governance of AI program.

We previously recommended grants to FHI for biosecurity in 2016 and general support in 2017 which helped fund part of the Governance of AI program.

The grant amounts above were updated in November 2018.