The Open Philanthropy Project made a $300,000 grant over two years to Future of Research. Improving science policy and infrastructure seems to us to be one potentially promising area for investigation and grantmaking.
Future of Research is a new non-profit with a stated mission “to improve the scientific research enterprise.” We see a grant to Future of Research as a potentially promising opportunity within science policy and infrastructure, which is a space where we have found few active organizations, particularly organizations planning to do full-time work on the issues most compelling to us.
Future of Research is a new organization. We have little to go on regarding past accomplishments, and there are no particular future activities we’re confident in. Given that we will be able to review Future of Research’s performance over the next two years, we feel that this risk is worth taking.