Science Supporting Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness

Pandemics, natural or person-made, have the potential to cause significant, and perhaps unprecedented, harm. We support breakthrough research in the basic science of infectious disease, pathogen detection and identification, and countermeasures. We are especially interested in research that applies to a wide swath of pathogen types. Others at Open Philanthropy support policy and governance efforts to reduce these risks.

Our Work

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Grant 4/2020
$1,784,981

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to Harvard University to support work led by Professor Michael Mina to carry out nationwide serological testing to determine current and past COVID-19 infection rates.

Grant 4/2020
$200,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to Rockefeller University to support research on viral histone mimics led by Professor Alexander Tarakhovsky.

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Grant 4/2020
$1,000,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to UC Berkeley to support research on prevalence of COVID-19, including evaluation of rapid serology tests.

Grant 4/2020
$627,700

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to support COVID-19 diagnostic testing, led by Professor Adolfo García-Sastre.

Grant 4/2020
$348,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to the University of Michigan to support the production of antigenic proteins from the COVID-19 virus for use in serological tests, led by Professor Aubree Gordon.

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Grant 4/2020
$250,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to Engineers Without Borders USA to support the design, testing, production, and distribution of low-cost personal protective equipment and ventilators to hospitals throughout Guatemala.

Grant 3/2020
$1,000,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to support work on a pandemic preemption system, led by Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi.

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Grant 3/2020
$8,293,676

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant over six years to Stanford University to augment the National Institutes of Health’s studies on the infant immunome and influenza.

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