Comment author: byanyothername 11 June 2018 06:00:17PM 3 points [-]

So awesome to see something in this space!


If BERI does not feel that a strong effort was made to complete the project, and the learnings from failure were not particularly valuable, BERI may require that the grant funding be returned.

Is there a way to provide regular (e.g. monthly) check-ins and assurances that sufficient effort/learning is being made? I suspect that a lot of the value of the program will come from increasing individuals' financial security to such an extent that they feel able to take on valuable projects, but a disproportionate amount of that value is lost if individuals think there's a non-negligible chance that in, say, 6 or 12 months they'll have to return the funding.

Comment author: rebecca_raible  (EA Profile) 12 June 2018 06:09:12PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for the question! A few thoughts in response:

First, we think the likelihood that we have to ask a grantee to return their funding is quite low. BERI will aim to choose candidates with integrity who will make a good faith attempt at completing their proposed project. We expect several of the projects we fund will fail, and that's OK—we suspect the learnings from these failures will still be sufficiently valuable to justify the expense to BERI.

Second, we'd be happy to make arrangements with any grantees who were particularly nervous about this aspect of our program. Monthly or quarterly check-ins could be one such arrangement; clear, upfront agreements about what would count as "a strong effort" to complete a project could be another. We're open to other proposals from grantees too.


BERI's "Project Grants" Program - Round One

[Cross-posting from the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) - original post here ] --- We are pleased to announce BERI’s first “Project Grants” round. This kicks off BERI’s larger Individual Grants Program, which we intend to write about in more detail later. Below, we explain the types of projects that... Read More
Comment author: Patrick 26 April 2016 02:42:07AM *  1 point [-]

This looks like an old post. I think it was originally published several months ago.

EDIT: I thought it had been published because I saw a draft of it in August, and most of the changes mentioned aren't recent. For example, the article says

The sidebar's display for meetups near you and recent posts was improved. For example, now the meetup names are displayed, whereas previously users just saw the address of the meetup.

But meetups have since been removed. (There is now only a link to an external page.) I thought maybe the article had somehow been republished owing to a bug in the forum software. But now I think its publication was just delayed.

Comment author: rebecca_raible  (EA Profile) 26 April 2016 07:04:26PM 3 points [-]

Thanks for pointing that out; I'll edit the post. You're right that this was drafted a while ago, and only posted now. The hold-up was the announcement of the EA Profiles integration - we first needed a more automated system to deal with all of the new EA Profiles coming in!


11 changes to the Effective Altruism Forum: EA Profiles integration and more

Hi all,   We’ve been really excited to see the increase in posts on the EA Forum recently! While it’s wonderful that engagement is increasing, we’re working to make the EA Forum an even smoother and more fulfilling experience for users. Over the last few months, several dedicated EAs have... Read More