Some opportunities that I know about:
- The Long Term Future Fund is I think currently the most active granter in the space for independent researchers
- MIRI has in the past funded some independent researchers, and some programs that try to facilitate research (like funding to MIRIx workshops, or the AI Safety camp, or related projects)
- Jaan Tallinn has some budget set aside to fund people doing interesting research, I think partially administered via Alex Zhu. Happy to put anyone interested into contact.
- There exist a variety of small donors who I think are open to this. Matt Wage (also on the LTFF) is often open to things like this.
- The Open Philanthropy Project has (had?) a scholarship program, here are some examples of people they funded, I do not know whether there is any way to apply to it:
- The Open Philanthropy Project also has an AI Policy careers scholarship program:
- The EA Foundation has given grants for AI Alignment Research:
- Being a student at CHAI is one way of getting funding. They might also be open to more independent research arrangements, but not sure:
- The FHI research scholars program includes people who work on technical AI Alignment:
- BERI has historically done some grantmaking in this space, though that will likely now be done via the Survival and Flourishing Fund. For that, applications are open for 4 more days, though require some kind of existing institutional affiliation.
- I can imagine that Tyler Cowen's Emergent Ventures is open to funding things in this space
Will edit this if I come up with anything else, or if someone else points out something that I am missing.
Edit: New additions by Issa Rice:
- Paul Christiano has done some independent funding in this space (and maybe Open AI is also open to that, but I don't know)
- FLI has made grants, though I don't know about the current state of their grant program
- EA Grants also has given some grants in this space