Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $778,886 over three years to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a research agency within the Australian government, to support research into henipaviruses.
This research will explore the mechanisms by which inhibiting fibrillarin function prevents henipaviruses from growing in human cells. Understanding these mechanisms may prove useful for developing drugs against henipaviruses, which are a family of viruses with pandemic potential.
This grant was funded via Open Philanthropy’s request for proposals through the Pandemic Antiviral Discovery Initiative. It falls within Open Philanthropy’s focus area of scientific research, specifically within its interest in science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.