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GiveWell Incubation Grants

Last Updated: June 2017 (November 2016 version)

GiveWell Incubation Grants aim to support the development of future GiveWell top charities.

The top charities we recommend to donors generally have a strong independent evidence base supporting the intervention they're implementing, a track record (enabling us to assess their effectiveness and ability to use additional funding), and monitoring and evaluation information to demonstrate their programs are working. In order to meet these criteria, charities tend to have existed for a number of years, and have typically received funding from other organizations by the point where we feel confident recommending them.

Our work on GiveWell Incubation Grants involves considering organizations for support at any point in their development, with the hope of identifying additional future top charities to recommend to our donors.

If you are aware of an organization that you'd like us to consider for a GiveWell Incubation Grant, please contact

We are interested in funding (by making grant recommendations to Good Ventures, the foundation with which we work closely) Incubation Grants in the following categories:

  1. Academic research to evaluate program evidence, in order to build the evidence base for a potential priority program or to further our understanding of our current priority programs.
  2. Early-stage funding for a promising organization.
  3. Monitoring and evaluation of an existing organization.

Good Ventures has made the following GiveWell Incubation Grants:

Grant Organization Name Amount Date
New Incentives—General Support (2017) New Incentives $820,000 April 2017
Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation—Zusha! Road Safety Campaign Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation $900,000 January 2017
Evidence Action—No Lean Season Evidence Action (No Lean Season) $1,687,500 December 2016
New Incentives—Exit Grant and Immunizations Pilot New Incentives $368,587 November 2016
Charity Science: Health—General Support Charity Science: Health $200,000 November 2016
IDinsight—Embedded GiveWell Team IDinsight $314,752 October 2016
IDinsight—General Support (2016) IDinsight $1,985,000 June 2016
Results for Development—Childhood Pneumonia Treatment Scale-Up Results for Development $6,400,000 May 2016
Innovations for Poverty Action—Mindset Engagement in Cash Transfers Innovations for Poverty Action $350,000 May 2016
New Incentives—General Support (2016) New Incentives $300,000 March 2016
Evidence Action—No Lean Season Evidence Action (No Lean Season) $812,351 March 2016
J-PAL and IRD—Incentives for Immunization Studies Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Interactive Research and Development $200,000 September 2015
New Incentives—General Support New Incentives $100,000 March 2015
IDinsight—Scaling Up a High-Potential Development Intervention IDinsight $34,382 September 2014
Evidence Action—Future Programs (No Lean Season) Evidence Action (No Lean Season) $250,000 and $170,792 March 2014 and March 2015
New Incentives—General Support (2014) New Incentives $100,000 January 2014

December 19, 2016 Update: GiveWell Incubation Grants were previously known as "GiveWell's experimental work." We have changed the name for clarity.