Places we sometimes recommend people apply to work

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Before looking at this list, see the organisations we recommend within each of our recommended problem areas.

Note that this list is only periodically updated. Last significant update: March 2017.

This is a list of organisations that we might recommend people apply to (though we haven't looked into most of them in detail ourselves). We don't necessarily endorse the organisations' work - one way to improve the world is go to an organisation with problems and improve it. As this is still a draft, an organisation not being on this list doesn't indicate we dislike it, as we may have simply missed it.

They all work on problems we regard as highly pressing.

General sources

Catastrophic and existential risks

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Why work on this problem?

  • Many agencies in state governments and the intelligence community (such as the CDC, NIH)
  • The Center for Health Security (CHS) about vacancies
  • Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense about
  • iGEM — Synthetic Biology Safety and Security about

See also this list from the Open Philanthropy Project.

Nuclear security

Why work on this problem?

  • Many agencies in state governments and the intelligence community (such as The Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Strategic Command)
  • Nuclear Threat Initiative about vacancies
  • Ploughshares Fund about vacancies
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about vacancies

See also this list from the Open Philanthropy Project.

Risks from artificial intelligence

Why work on this problem?

See a list of all organisations and individual researchers who have received grants to work on the topic as of 2016.

Promoting effective altruism

Why work on this problem?

Global priorities research

Why work on this problem?

We know of only a small number of groups doing research that tries to compare global problems at the highest level (e.g. climate change vs global health):

  • Open Philanthropy Project
  • Centre for Effective Altruism (our parent organisation)
  • Future of Humanity Institute
  • Copenhagen Consensus Center

A wider range of groups run trials or collect and compile data in specific policy areas. We don’t regard this as equally neglected, but it is a very complementary form of research:

  • Washington State Institute for Public Policy
  • The Pew-Macarthur Results First Initiative
  • The Center for High Impact Philanthropy
  • What Works Network
  • Campbell Collaboration
  • Behavioural Insights Team
  • Poverty Action Lab
  • Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
  • Foundational Research Institute
  • Future of Life Institute
  • Many other social scientists or medical researchers who run trials on ways of improving wellbeing.

Public policy

  • US Government Accountability Office about vacancies
  • Campbell Collaboration about
  • RAND Corporation about vacancies
  • White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team vacancies
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation about vacancies
  • Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy about
  • 3ieimpact - International Initiative for Impact Evaluation about vacancies
  • UK Behavioural Insights Team about vacancies
  • Cochrane Collaboration about vacancies
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies about vacancies
  • Institute for Public Policy Research about vacancies
  • Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship about
  • US Congressional Budget Office about vacancies
  • There could be other think tanks like Center for American Progress, Brookings, etc. that would be a good fit.
  • There will be a bunch of other institutes affiilaiated with lots of universities that would be a good fit. e.g. sonal shah's shop at georgetown, or georgetown's GUIDE
  • Global Innovation Fund about vacancies
  • Centres for Disease Control and Prevention about vacancies
  • ECDC
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Development and global health

Why work on this problem?

Animal welfare and factory farming

Why work on this problem?

Development of meat substitutes

  • Impossible Foods
  • Beyond Meat
  • New Harvest
  • Good Food Institute
  • New Incentives
  • Hampton Creek
  • Perfect Day Foods
  • Clara Foods

Suggestions yet to be confirmed and incorporated