While GiveWell’s top charities typically have a strong independent evidence base, there are other organizations and interventions that have very high potential cost-effectiveness but need seed-stage support to develop a track record of impact so that we (or others) can help scale them up. GiveWell’s Incubation Grants program identifies giving opportunities along these lines as well as other opportunities to improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. Grants in this category include academic research to build the evidence base for a potential priority program, early-stage funding for a promising organization, or support for monitoring and evaluation of an existing organization.

Our Work

Press 2/2019
from Vox

GiveWell recently announced that it’s more than doubling the size of its research team to try to find more cost-effective programs. Its revised approach involves increased attention to something relatively new for GiveWell: policy-oriented philanthropy.

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Grant 1/2021
$6,949,382

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention to support work aimed at reducing deaths from deliberate ingestion of pesticides.

Grant 4/2020
$1,897,905

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to New Incentives to support its program providing conditional cash transfers for infant vaccination in North West Nigeria.

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Grant 3/2020
$88,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the University of California, Berkeley, to support Ted Miguel’s research on deworming and cash transfers.

Grant 8/2019
$2,105,962

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to IDinsight to conduct an endline evaluation of its randomized controlled trial (RCT) of New Incentives’ conditional cash transfer program for infant immunization in northern Nigeria.

Grant 3/2019
$474,374

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to IDinsight to support a study surveying how potential beneficiaries of GiveWell’s top charities value different good outcomes.

Grant 3/2019
$184,324

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to IDinsight to support the randomized control trial it is conducting on New Incentives’ program of conditional cash transfers for infant immunizations in northern Nigeria.

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Grant 2/2019
$170,000

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the University of California, Berkeley to hire an additional research assistant to support Ted Miguel’s research on deworming and cash transfers.

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