What grants has Carl Shulman's discretionary fund made?

post by Milan_Griffes · 2019-07-08T18:40:19.414Z · EA · GW · 8 comments

This is a question post.

In March 2018, Open Phil allocated $5 million to be regranted at Carl Shulman's discretion (a).

Is there a record of the grants he's made so far?


answer by SamDeere · 2019-07-09T19:01:48.317Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

It has some investigations in progress but hasn't made any grants yet. It was used to back the late-2018 Donor Lottery.

comment by Milan_Griffes · 2021-02-25T19:56:07.654Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Any update on this? 

(It has now been 2 years since my original post.)

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comment by Carl_Shulman · 2021-03-12T15:37:58.545Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hi Milan,

So far it has been used to back the donor lottery (this has no net $ outlay in expectation, but requires funds to fill out each block and handle million dollars swings up and down), make a grant to  ALLFED, fund Rethink Priorities' work on nuclear war,  and small seed funds for some researchers investing two implausible but consequential if true interventions (including the claim that creatine supplements boost cognitive performance for vegetarians).

Mostly it remains invested. In  practice I have mostly been able to recommend major grants to other funders so this fund is used when no other route is more appealing. Grants have often involved special circumstances or  restricted funding, and the grants it has made should not be taken as recommendations to other donors to donate to the same things at the current margin in their circumstances.


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comment by Ben_West · 2021-07-04T02:02:40.462Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Are you or the grantee planning to publish the results of the creatine investigation? I think it would be helpful for many in the community, even if it's a null result.

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comment by Carl_Shulman · 2021-07-14T04:09:08.604Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Last update is that they are, although there were coronavirus related delays.

comment by Milan_Griffes · 2021-03-17T23:57:53.148Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for this update – these seem like worthwhile things to invest in!

Do you have a sense of how you will structure reporting on future grantmaking from this fund?

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comment by Carl_Shulman · 2021-04-02T20:54:55.471Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Not particularly.

comment by Misha_Yagudin · 2019-12-29T10:30:34.673Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hey Sam, any updates?


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