Center for International Security and Cooperation — AI Accident Risk and Technology Competition


Grant investigators: Luke Muehlhauser

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Open Philanthropy recommended a planning grant of $67,000 to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) to explore possible projects related to AI accident risk in the context of technology competition.

This falls within our focus area of potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.

Center for International Security and Cooperation — Megan Palmer’s Biosecurity Research (2019)

Megan Palmer’s work focuses on improving governance of biological science. (Photo courtesy of Megan Palmer)

Grant Investigator: Claire Zabel

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a gift of $1,625,000 over three years to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) to support Megan Palmer’s work on biosecurity. Dr. Palmer’s research is focused on developing ways to improve governance of biological science and to reduce the risk of misuse of advanced biotechnology. This funding is intended to allow Dr. Palmer to continue and extend a study on the attitudes of participants in International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), to better understand how institutional environments, safety practices or competition incentives might motivate young scientists and engineers.

This is a renewal of our October 2016 support and falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Center for International Security and Cooperation — Megan Palmer’s Biosecurity Research (2016)

Megan Palmer speaking at the international Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). (Photo by iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight)

Published: November 2016

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $643,415 to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) to support Megan Palmer’s work on biosecurity. This grant is structured to provide two years of support, renewable for a third year conditional upon satisfactory progress.

Dr. Palmer’s policy research is focused on developing ways to improve the governance of biological science and technology, and we believe her work is well aligned with Open Philanthropy Project goals to reduce the risk of the misuse of advanced biotechnology.

One of the projects she intends to focus on in the next few years is a study of past, current and future iGEM competitions to better understand how to motivate young scientists and engineers to take biosafety and biosecurity seriously and how to instill those values in a way that lasts throughout their careers.