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Center for Applied Rationality — SPARC (2018)

Students at the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition in 2014. (Photo courtesy of SPARC)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
1/2018
Grant Amount 
$560,000
Purpose 
To support SPARC and related activities.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigators: Nick Beckstead and Nicole Ross

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a renewal grant of $560,000 over two years to the Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) to support the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC). SPARC is a two-week summer program for top high school students to further develop skills related to applied reasoning, with a broad-ranging curriculum. We expect that this program will expand the horizons of some students with extremely high potential and, hopefully, increase their positive impact on the world. We are especially interested in the possibility that participation in SPARC leads to greater awareness of effective altruism and issues important to the effective altruism community.

To learn more about the SPARC program and our reasons for supporting it, see our 2016 grant page to CFAR.