As a reminder, here are the main interests of the Fund:
We are particularly interested in small teams and individuals that are trying to get projects off the ground, or that need less money than existing grant-making institutions are likely to give out (i.e. less than ~$100k, but more than $10k). Here are a few examples of project types that we’re open to funding an individual or group for (note that this list is not exhaustive):
+ To spend a few months (perhaps during the summer) to research an open problem in AI alignment or AI strategy and produce a few blog posts or videos on their ideas
+ To spend a few months building a web app with the potential to solve an operations bottleneck at x-risk organisations
+To spend a few months up-skilling in a field to prepare for future work (e.g. microeconomics, functional programming, etc).
+ To spend a year testing an idea that has the potential to be built into an org.
This round, due to our much larger budget, I am also interested in applications above $100k in funding. Here are some more examples of things that I would be excited about (though I can’t speak for the other fund members):
Fund a small research team to work on a particularly important question in the domain of AI Alignment (for example, research similar to AI Impacts work on Moore’s Law and AI timelines, or Wei Dai’s many works in AI Alignment and Decision Theory, or Alex Zhu’s work distilling the Iterated Amplification research agenda).
Fund a small team to build infrastructure/software for the x-risk research community (like Guesstimate, PredictionBook, LessWrong, Metaculus, or a better version of The Credence Game).