Great that you mention 'anti-aging' research, one of the most promising means of alleviating enormous amounts of suffering (from chronic diseases) and increase healthy lifespan of the population (something not often discussed in EA).
Anti-aging research also meets the EA criteria for an important cause area of tractability, scale, neglectedness.
I personally donate to the SENS Research Foundation to progress this work. I encourage others to also.edoarad on Recommendations for increasing empathy?
Specifically 'Metta Meditation' is precisely targeted at increasing empathyrichard_ngo on EA reading list: population ethics, infinite ethics, anthropic ethics
To me they seem basically the same topic: infinite ethics is the subset of population ethics dealing with infinitely large populations. Do you disagree with this characterisation?
More generally, this reading list isn't strictly separated by topic, but sometimes throws together different (thematically related) topics where the reading list for each topic is too small to warrant a separate page. E.g. that's why I've put global development and mental health on the same page (this may change if I get lots of good suggestions for content on either or both).saulius on List of possible EA meta-charities and projects
I've encountered some other similar lists of ideas:greg_colbourn on Donor Lottery Debrief
bdixon on Where the QALY's at in political science?
Looking for more projects like these
I think that the complexity of political systems mean that you can't work out a dinky formula for the best expected utility. You might enjoy this post [EA · GW]on global development, and also this list [EA · GW] which includes some important topics.
And also, if you're a young political scientist, with these skills, then you don't need to defer to others - what do you think they are yourself?linda-linsefors on Donor Lottery Debrief
I have come to believe that living and working in the EA/Rationality community in the Bay Area made it much more likely I would hear about attractive opportunities that weren't yet funded by larger donors
I am sceptical about this. There are *lots* of non Bay-area projects and my impression (low confidence) is that it is harder for us to get funding. This is becasue even the official funding runs mostly on contacts, so they also mostly fund stuff in the hubs.
I know of two EA projects (not including my own) which I think should be funded, and I live in Sweden.
Some reason to prefer an individual donor like me rather than institutional donors like Open Phil, LTFF, EA Grants [? · GW], and GiveWell, such as high time-sensitivity.
I have some experience with applying to EA Grants and LTFF. I don't know how to apply to Open Phil (as far as I know, this is not public information) and I have not even heard of GiveWell giving grants. I've also recently done a bit of fundraising though my personal network. My experience is that dealing with an individual is preferable in absolutely every way.
Grants are terribly inflexible. There is no dialogue at all. You put in a lot of time writing a proposal, than wait for an unknown amount of time, and then get an answer together with no or minimal feedback. I have several times been rejected on technicalities, which could have easily been fixed, if there where any room for back and forth.
A lot of EAs seem to think that LTFF is some ideal grant making institution. It is not. It's run by volunteer comity that don't have the time to do a good job, so they seem to mostly go on contacts and first impressions, or something.
Personally, I would have been better of if LTFF and other EA grants did not exist, because then I would have turned to privet fundraising long ago.david_moss on Where the QALY's at in political science?
Effective Thesis has some suggested topics within political science.linda-linsefors on Donor Lottery Debrief
1) You will hear about 10-50 EA projects looking for funding, over the next 2 months (80%).
2) >70% of these projects will not be a registered tax-deductible charities (but might be able to get fiscal sponsorship). (80%)
Becomming a registered charity is a lot of work. It would be interesting for someone to look into when it is and isn't worth the time investment.vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform
Is anyone aware of/planning on doing any research related to the expected spike in interest for pandemic research due to COVID?
It would be interesting to see how much new interest is generated, and for which types of roles (e.g. doctors vs researchers). This could be useful to a) identify potential skilled biosecurity recruits b) find out what motivated them about COVID-19 c) figure out how neglected this will be in 5-10 years
I'd imagine doing a survey after the pandemic starts to die down might be more valuable than right now (maybe after the second wave) so that we're tracking the longer-term impact rather than the immediate reactions.
An MVP version could be just looking at application rates across a variety of relevant fields.