There are some pragmatic obstacles to that. For instance, team members have only signed up to work on the Oxford Prioritisation Project over a particular time period. If we ended up winning the donor lottery later on, we’d have to do lots of research then.
What’s the time period?
One additional reason why I ask is that it seems like a lot of OxPri (do you have a preferred abbreviation? OPP is naughty and conflicts with OpenPhil) research to date has been of the form “field X looks interesting and may have some promising opportunities but it doesn’t look like we could do anything for 10K GBP” which makes it feel like the donation size may be limiting.
Hey Peter. Thanks for your interest! We’re using oxprio.
Quoting from our homepage: “The Project is funded with a grant from the Centre for Effective Altruism. It will begin in the 1st week of Hilary term 2017 (January 15) and will end at the deadline for reaching a decision, in the 2nd week of Trinity term 2017 (May 6). After we reach our decision, the £10,000 will be disbursed to our chosen recipient. The funding is not restricted to a pre-selected set of charities.”
In my view, “doesn’t look like we could do anything for £10,000” arguments are in part fallacious (http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17b/oxford_prioritisation_project_another_brick_in/) searches for lego bricks. In some cases we’ve encountered (like funding research into effective mental health interventions (https://oxpr.io/blog/2017/2/10/lovisa-tengberg-mental-health-an-update) donation size does appear limiting.