Council on Strategic Risks — Biological Weapons Prevention (November 2020)


Grant investigator: Andrew Snyder-Beattie

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Council on Strategic Risks staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,180,000 over two years to the Council on Strategic Risks to support policy research and mentorship activities aimed at preventing the development of biological weapons and responding to the threat of bioweapons programs. The Council on Strategic Risks will use this funding to expand its fellowship program, conduct research and workshops related to reducing the risks from biological weapons, and develop a new policy program.

This follows our March 2020 support and falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

The grant amount was updated in July 2022.

Council on Strategic Risks — Biological Weapons Prevention (March 2020)

Andy Weber giving a speech, presenting a photo of him showing then-Senator Barack Obama a vial of bacillus anthracis in Kiev. (Photo courtesy of the Council on Strategic Risks.)

Grant investigator: Andrew Snyder-Beattie

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Council on Strategic Risks staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $410,000 to the Council on Strategic Risks to support mentorship and idea generation aimed at preventing the development of biological weapons. The Council on Strategic Risks will use this funding to recruit fellows and conduct research and workshops related to reducing the risks from biological weapons.

This falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

The grant amount was updated in August 2020.