Nuclear Threat Initiative

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Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) works to reduce catastrophic nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber risks. They are recommended for their work on biosecurity.

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Fast Facts

  • NTI was founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner.
  • NTI employs a variety of experts from government, academia, and policy.
  • They collaborate with world leaders, scientists, experts, and educators to raise awareness of catastrophic risks and promote solutions.
  • NTI collaborates with its partner, the World Health Organization. For instance, in 2002 the two organisations co-created a Global Emergency Outbreak Response Fund.
  • We recommend NTI for its work on biosecurity.

What is Nuclear Threat Initiative's mission?

NTI works to reduce the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction and disruption. Their focus areas include global nuclear policy, radiological threats, and biosecurity.

What does Nuclear Threat Initiative do?

  • NTI works with a variety of stakeholders including world leaders, scientists, experts, and educators to design and promote threat-reduction projects.
  • NTI developed a Global Health Security Index to assess countries' abilities to prevent and respond to risky biological events. The index was designed to facilitate international collaboration.
  • In 2002, NTI worked with the World Health Organization to create a Global Emergency Outbreak Response Fund.
  • NTI has initiated a "Global Biosecurity Dialogue" to promote awareness of biological risks and to encourage more countries to invest in biosecurity.
  • NTI works to promote safer norms and technical approaches to promote innovative technical solutions while reducing the risks they pose.
  • NTI advocates for governments to detect, prevent, and mitigate global catastrophic biological risks.

Why do we recommend Nuclear Threat Initiative?

  • Working to protect humanity's long-term future could potentially have an enormous impact. To learn more, read 80,000 Hours' report on biological risks.
  • Like our evaluation partner Open Philanthropy, we consider biosecurity and pandemic preparedness to be a high-priority focus area.
  • There are relatively few independent nonprofit organisations working to improve biosecurity throughout the world.
  • In 2018, Open Philanthropy offered NTI a $1.9 million grant to be distributed over the following three years. The purpose of the grant was to support projects to reduce global catastrophic biological risks. We consider this grant to be a vote of confidence from an organisation we trust.