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Grantmaking work

Supporting vital cutting-edge work with a wise, future-oriented mindset.


Financial support for promising work aligned with our mission.

Crises like COVID-19 show us that our civilisation is fragile, and needs to plan ahead better. FLI’s grants are for those who take this fragility seriously, who wish to study the risks from ever more powerful technologies and develop strategies for reducing them. The goal is to win the wisdom race: the race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we manage it.

Grants process

We are excited to offer multiple opportunities to apply for support:

  • Collaborations in direct support of FLI internal projects and initiatives. For example, FLI has funded film production on autonomous weapons at partner organisations. FLI staff work closely with these grantees.

We do not accept unsolicited requests. Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn more about our upcoming RFPs and Contests. Any questions about grants can be sent to

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AI Safety Community

A community dedicated to ensuring AI is developed safely.

The way to ensure a better, safer future with AI is not to impede the development of this new technology but to accelerate our wisdom in handling it by supporting AI safety research.

Since it may take decades to complete this research it is prudent to start now. AI safety research prepares us better for the future by pre-emptively making AI beneficial to society and reducing its risks.

This mission motivates research across many disciplines, from economics and law to technical areas like verification, validity, security, and control. We’d love you to join!

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Related posts

Here are various posts relating to our grantmaking work:

Realising Aspirational Futures – New FLI Grants Opportunities

Our Futures Program, launched in 2023, aims to guide humanity towards the beneficial outcomes made possible by transformative technologies. This year, as […]
February 14, 2024

Statement on a controversial rejected grant proposal

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January 18, 2023

FLI September 2022 Newsletter: $3M Impacts of Nuclear War Grants Program!

Welcome to the FLI newsletter! Every month, we bring 24,000+ subscribers the latest news on how emerging technologies are transforming our world - for better and worse.
October 17, 2022

The Future of Life Institute announces grants program for existential risk reduction

The Future of Life Institute announces $25M grants program for existential risk reduction Emerging technologies have the potential to help […]
June 3, 2021

New International Grants Program Jump-Starts Research to Ensure AI Remains Beneficial

Elon-Musk-backed program signals growing interest in new branch of artificial intelligence research July 1, 2015 Amid rapid industry investment in […]
October 28, 2015
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