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Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund

Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund

Cause area: Creating a better future

The Long-Term Future Fund aims to positively influence the long-term trajectory of civilisation by making grants that address global catastrophic risks, especially potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence and pandemics.

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What problem is the Long-Term Future Fund working on?

The Long-Term Future Fund aims to positively influence the long-term trajectory of civilisation by making grants that address global catastrophic risks, especially potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence and pandemics. In addition, the Fund seeks to promote, implement, and advocate for longtermist ideas, and to otherwise increase the likelihood that future generations will flourish.

What projects does the Long-Term Future Fund support?

The Fund has a broad remit to make grants that promote, implement, and advocate for longtermist ideas. It supports:

  • Projects that directly contribute to reducing existential risks through technical research, policy analysis, advocacy, and/or demonstration projects.
  • Training for researchers or practitioners who work to mitigate existential risks.
  • Work that helps with relevant recruitment efforts or infrastructure for people working on longtermist projects.
  • Projects that promote long-term thinking.

Recent grant recipients include:

  • EA Switzerland/PIBBSS Fellowship — a 10–12 week summer research fellowship programme to facilitate interdisciplinary AI alignment research.
  • Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative — 12-month salary for a software developer to create a library for Seldonian (safe and fair) machine learning algorithms.
  • Noemi Dreksler — two-year funding to run public and expert surveys on AI governance and forecasting.
  • The Center for Election Science — general support for campaigns to adopt approval voting at local levels in the US.

For more information about how donations are allocated, see the list of past recipients and frequently asked questions on the EA Funds website.

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Why is the Long-Term Future Fund one of our top-rated funds?

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