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GiveWell Incubation Grants

Last Updated: January 2018 (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.

What types of programs do Incubation Grants support?

We are interested in funding (by making grant recommendations to the Open Philanthropy Project, 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.

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?

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

All Incubation Grants made

Grant Organization Name Amount Date
Evidence Action—General Operating Support Evidence Action $800,000 December 2017
Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention—General Support Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention $1,336,409 August 2017
Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley—Scoping RCTs for Long-Term Follow-Ups Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley $492,188 July 2017
Charity Science Health—SMS Reminders for Immunization Charity Science Health $357,543 July 2017
Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley—Deworming Study Planning Gift Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley $18,000 June 2017
IDinsight—Embedded GiveWell Team (2017) IDinsight $2,321,617 May 2017
UC Berkeley—KLPS-4 Survey Regents of the University of California, Berkeley $1,104,259 April 2017
Evidence Action—Strengthen Operations Evidence Action $2,642,300 April 2017
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.