Open Philanthropy takes an opportunistic approach to its science giving. We support the most promising projects we find, including those that do not fit clearly into our other thematic areas within science. We also support scientific research that furthers other Open Philanthropy focuses, such as farm animal welfare. It is possible some of these miscellaneous grants will grow into their own thematic areas over time.

Our Work

Press 4/2019
from The New York Times

Burger King is introducing a Whopper made with a vegetarian patty from the start-up Impossible Foods, which Open Philanthropy has invested in. The deal is a big step toward the mainstream for start-ups trying to mimic and replace meat.

Grant 5/2020

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to Penn State University to support research led by Professor Charles T. Anderson and colleagues on the production of food from unconventional sources following a global catastrophe, such as an all-out nuclear war, large asteroid strike, or supervolcano eruption.

Grant 6/2019

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Penn State University to support Professor Charles Anderson’s research on production of food from unconventional sources in a situation of low global insolation.

Grant 10/2018

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 over three years to UC Berkeley to support Professor Brian Staskawicz’s work on CRISPR modifications to increase drought tolerance in Indian rice.

Press 5/2018
from CNN

A California startup is trying to persuade consumers to bite into burger patties that don’t contain any meat. The Impossible Burger is made with ingredients including wheat, potatoes and coconut oil. Open Philanthropy has invested in the company.

Grant 12/2016

The workshop was intended to identify and discuss specific research topics in plant pathology related to increasing crop disease tolerance and/or resistance, with the goal of improving the welfare of small farmers in the developing world.

Grant 11/2016

We invested in work to accelerate the development of plant-based alternatives to chicken, eggs and fish because very large numbers of animals are negatively affected by current practices related to producing these foods.

Cause Report 12/2015

Successfully developing animal-free foods that are taste- and cost-competitive with animal-based foods might prevent much the suffering of more than 8 billion land animals raised for human consumption each year in factory farms in the U.S. alone.