CENTRE FOR EXPLORATORY ALTRUISM RESEARCH
STARTED: Incubation Program 2022
SEED GRANT: $100,000
MONEY FUNDRAISED TO DATE: $130,000
Founder, Managing Director
TEAM SIZE: 2
CEARCH conducts cause prioritization research and outreach - identifying the most important problems in the world and directing resources towards solving them, so as to maximize global welfare
CURRENT OR PREDICTED IMPACT:
CEARCH's internal cost-effectiveness analysis suggests that it may be 60x GiveWell.
Charity Entrepreneurship's own estimate is that CEARCH could be 8x as cost-effective as existing top EA causes.
That said, such estimates should not be taken literally, given the high amount of uncertainty involved. Rather, they should be understood as giving a sense of how promising CEARCH’s work is, as a result of (a) the outsized benefits from identifying extremely impactful causes and directing resources there, and (b) the low operating costs of research and outreach.
Over 2022-23, we have (a) created a longlist of 400 causes; (b) researched 17 of them and identified combating hypertension via sodium reduction policy advocacy as especially cost-effective; and (c) forwarded our recommendation to CE that this be incubated, while securing preliminary commitments from grantmakers to donate based on our sodium charity evaluations, and from EA policy organizations to lobby for sodium reduction.