While many of GiveWell’s top charities focus on scaling up existing cost-effective health treatments, we also see promising opportunities to support scientific research focused on developing new treatments for diseases that primarily affect the global poor, whose conditions are often neglected by other actors. By investing in new knowledge, we can also help create global public goods. Many of the grants in this category are part of our Scientific Research team’s Human Health and Wellbeing grantmaking.

Our Work

Grant 5/2017

The project hopes to prepare for the potential deployment of gene drive technologies to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, if feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities.

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Grant 4/2020

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant over three years to support work on CRISPR modifications to increase drought tolerance in Indian rice, a project led by Professor Brian Staskawicz at UC Berkeley.

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Grant 5/2020

Open Philanthropy recommended an investment in Kainomyx to develop and produce a new antimalarial drug.

Grant 7/2019

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Project Peanut Butter to complete a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the effects of reformulated ready-to-use therapeutic foods on cognitive functioning in children with severe acute malnutrition.

Blog Post 6/2019

We awarded a five-year grant and made an additional investment in Sherlock Biosciences to support the development of a diagnostic platform to quickly, easily, and inexpensively identify any human virus.

Grant 5/2019

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Engineers Without Borders USA to support a competition to develop prototypes for refrigerators and ice-makers that could provide sustainable and affordable refrigeration for off-grid communities.

Grant 2/2019

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,134,975 to the University Health Network to support a randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of an intervention to reduce preterm birth in Kenya.

Grant 1/2019

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to the Center for Global Development (CGD) for research on the assessment and regulation of gene drive technology.