Announcing the new Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research

post by William_MacAskill · 2018-12-04T10:36:06.536Z · EA · GW · None comments

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  Summary
  Aims
  Relationship with GPI
  Current and Potential Projects
  Team
  Funding Opportunities
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Hi all,

Here’s announcing a new project that Laura Pomarius and I have been working on, set to become its own organisation in 2019. Right now we’re primarily looking for (i) startup funding and (ii) promising graduate students in the humanities and social sciences (especially economics and philosophy) to join the new global priorities fellowship. Any questions, please ask below, or contact <laura.pomarius@centreforeffectivealtruism.org>.

Summary

Aims

The Forethought Foundation works in close collaboration with the Global Priorities Institute (GPI) at Oxford University to promote academic research in global priorities research, particularly focused on issues around whether and how to positively influence the long-term future. We are therefore interested in supporting excellent research that:

Relationship with GPI

While GPI offers a variety of different programmes for researchers of all stages in their career to get involved at research in Oxford, the Forethought Foundation aims to extend its efforts outside of Oxford University, and support academics worldwide in their research pursuits.

Current and Potential Projects

Team

The team currently consists of William MacAskill (director), Laura Pomarius (Assistant Director), Aron Vallinder (Research Fellow - Philosophy) and Philip Trammell (Research Fellow - Economics). We are considering hiring additional research assistants and operations staff in 2019. For updates on opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter on our website.

Funding Opportunities

We are currently in the process of fundraising for the next two years of operations. Below is a rough outline of what we are planning to spend that money on (over 2019 & 2020). Please note that there is more room for funding on programmes, as there are further ways for us to extend our outreach efforts and scholarship programmes. We expect funding for major research grants to come from directly making recommendations to major donors, and so are not fundraising for that at the moment.

Staff & Contractors: £300,000

Programmes (incl. But not limited to fellowships, small research grants, PhD scholarships): £650,000 - £1 million

Office rent and expenses, travel, software, training, etc: £170,000

TOTAL: £1.12 million - £1.47 million

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