University of Southern California — Social Science Genetic Association Consortium

Organization Name 
Award Date 
1/2019
Grant Amount 
$2,250,000
Purpose 
To support the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Alexander Berger

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $2,250,000 to the University of Southern California (USC) to support the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC). Our understanding is that SSGAC has received substantially less funding to date than comparable consortia (such as in psychiatric genetics), but still produces high-quality, replicable research and serves as a model of careful public communication, most notably through their discussions of frequently asked questions. Approximately 20% of this grant is intended to support work on bioethics and the public discussion of these topics.

This follows our April 2016 support for USC and falls within our interest in scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing tools and techniques.