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Science for Global Health

While many of GiveWell’s top charities focus on scaling up existing cost-effective health treatments, we also see promising opportunities to support scientific research focused on developing new treatments for diseases that primarily affect the global poor, whose conditions are often neglected by other actors. By investing in new knowledge, we can also help create global public goods. Many of the grants in this category are part of our Scientific Research team’s Human Health and Wellbeing grantmaking.

Our Work

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Grant 4/2020
$97,500

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant over three years to support work on CRISPR modifications to increase drought tolerance in Indian rice, a project led by Professor Brian Staskawicz at UC Berkeley.

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Grant 5/2020
$1,999,999

Open Philanthropy recommended an investment in Kainomyx to develop and produce a new antimalarial drug.

Grant 7/2019
$484,785

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Project Peanut Butter to complete a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the effects of reformulated ready-to-use therapeutic foods on cognitive functioning in children with severe acute malnutrition.

Grant 7/2019
$484,785

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Project Peanut Butter to complete a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the effects of reformulated ready-to-use therapeutic foods on cognitive functioning in children with severe acute malnutrition.

Grant 5/2019
$500,000

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Engineers Without Borders USA to support a competition to develop prototypes for refrigerators and ice-makers that could provide sustainable and affordable refrigeration for off-grid communities.

Blog Post 6/2019

We awarded a five-year grant and made an additional investment in Sherlock Biosciences to support the development of a diagnostic platform to quickly, easily, and inexpensively identify any human virus.

Grant 2/2019
$1,134,975

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,134,975 to the University Health Network to support a randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of an intervention to reduce preterm birth in Kenya.

Grant 1/2019
$348,550

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to the Center for Global Development (CGD) for research on the assessment and regulation of gene drive technology.

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