Centre for the Governance of AI — AI Field Building

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,537,600 over two years to the Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI), via the Centre for Effective Altruism, to support activities related to building the field of AI governance research. GovAI intends to use this funding to conduct AI governance research and to develop a talent pipeline for those interested in entering the field.

This follows our May 2020 support and falls within our focus area of potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.

Centre for the Governance of AI — General Support


Grant investigator: Committee for Effective Altruism Support

This page was reviewed but not written by members of the committee. GovAI staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $450,000 to the Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI), via the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, for general support. GovAI intends to use these funds to support the visit of two senior researchers and a postdoc researcher.

This falls within our focus area of potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence. While we see the basic pros and cons of this support similarly to what we’ve presented in past writeups on the matter, our ultimate grant figure was set by the aggregated judgments of our committee reviewing the grant proposal.