Nuclear Threat Initiative's programme on biological risk helps create a better future by reducing the risks of and preparing for potentially catastrophic natural and engineered pandemics.
NTI | bio works with a variety of key decision-makers and educators — including government leaders, scientists, industry experts, NGOs, and educators — to design and promote threat-reduction projects and improve biosecurity.
NTI | bio helped launch a Global Health Security Index, described as “the first comprehensive assessment of the health security capacities of 195 countries.” The index was designed to understand global health security needs as well as the health security needs and gaps of individual countries, with the goal of better facilitating international cooperation to address biological threats. The average 2021 GHS index score reveals that “global preparedness for epidemics and pandemics is fundamentally weak.”
NTI believes that “addressing biological threats is a shared responsibility between governments and the private sector.” Specifically, NTI | bio:
We previously included NTI | bio as one of our recommended charities based on Founders Pledge’s evaluation highlighting its cost-effectiveness. Another indicator of NTI bio’s cost-effectiveness is that Open Philanthropy, a trusted evaluative and impact-focused grantmaking organisation, has issued several grants supporting NTI | bio, including two in 2020 totaling $8.5 million.
We’ve since updated our recommendations to reflect only organisations recommended by evaluators we’ve looked into as part of our 2023 evaluator investigations; while we expect to soon look into Founders Pledge as part of this more in-depth evaluator research, we haven’t yet. As such, we don't currently include NTI | bio as one of our recommended programs but you can still donate to it via our donation platform.