The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a grant of $1,300,000 to the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense (abbreviated as “the Study Panel”) via the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Open Philanthropy made a previous grant in April 2015 to support the inital activities of the Study Panel, which advocates for improvements to U.S. biodefense policy. This grant falls within Open Philanthropy’s work on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, one of its focus areas within global catastrophic risks.
Open Philanthropy was pleased by the progress the Study Panel made in 2015, including releasing an initial report with recommendations to improve U.S. biodefense policy. This grant is intended to support the Study Panel’s continued efforts to improve U.S. biodefense policy, including implementation of its recommendations, through the end of 2017.