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What types of organizations would be ideal to be distributing funding for EA? (Fellowships, Organizations, etc)

by Ozzie Gooen 3mo4th Aug 20191 min read5 comments

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The EA Funds have been distributing quite a bit of money. At this point we have a decent amount of information on what kinds of things are funded, and I assume that similar kinds of things will be funded going forward.

The EA Funds don't have a particularly strong brand, nor do they have many specialized resources for different kinds of things to fund. They present a very generic way to distribute a diverse set of funds, which I think is generally very useful, but as we progress and learn we may eventually want more specific programs as well.

Some ideas of other structures:

  • Prestigious fellowships for individuals learning specific skills.
  • A remote research organization for funding and coordinating ongoing individual remote research efforts.
  • A long-term funding organization for multi-year funding efforts for 2-20 person organizations. It would develop expertise in maintaining relationships with these groups and perhaps offer some services similar to venture capitalists.

I'm curious if others here would want structures like these to exist. I'm particularly interested to hear from people who would want them.

This might be a more specific question:
What would your ideal funding setup look like, if you may want funding in the future?

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For me, a research organization that can set a global research agenda and direct the research, foster collaborations and give funding for the type of research that is underfunded in academia will be very helpful.

I see two different goals. One is coordination of researchers. The other is to have a safety net that allows to reduce the academic incentives to publish and to be more of a specialist.