Last Updated: September 2021 (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.
For a complete table of all grants made or recommended by GiveWell, see this page.
What types of programs do Incubation Grants support?
- 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.
- Early-stage funding for a promising organization.
- Monitoring and evaluation of an existing organization.
What types of opportunities are we currently prioritizing most highly?
Our goal is to use Incubation Grants to improve and expand our top charities. We prioritize most highly grants that could:
- Potentially lead to top charities that are significantly more cost-effective than our current top charities. Our latest cost-effectiveness model is here.
- Expand the scope of GiveWell's research and the nature of the programs we have evaluated as long as we expect the programs to perform well on our evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness criteria. For example, see our grant to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention as an example of expanding the scope of the types of programs we consider.
How can organizations apply for an Incubation Grant?
All Incubation Grants made
December 19, 2016 Update: GiveWell Incubation Grants were previously known as "GiveWell's experimental work." We have changed the name for clarity.