BERI Collaboration Application (2022)
Applications due on: June 26, 11:59pm GMT-7

Thank you for your interest in the university collaborations program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative!  

BERI's mission is to improve human civilization’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. We're interested in collaborating with university-affiliated groups and individuals who are working toward goals compatible with our mission. Eligible applicants include research groups, student groups, and individual researchers at all levels of academia.

This application is to establish a trial collaboration with BERI, in which we support your group by providing free services (described below). Our initial budget for providing these services will be between $1k-$10k per group. If this trial collaboration is successful (i.e., you find it useful and we find it cost-effective), you will have the option of fundraising (from a third party) to continue or expand it—some of our existing collaborations have yearly budgets above $100k, so there's a lot of room for growth!

BERI is capable of a wide range of services in support of academic groups. If you have a novel project and you're not sure if BERI can help with it, please err on the side of submitting this application.

More information about BERI: https://existence.org/faq.
List of our current collaborators: https://existence.org/collaborations/
Blog post about how BERI thinks about trial collaborations: https://existence.org/2021/04/20/trial-collaborations.html

If you have questions, please email contact@existence.org.
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Email *
Your name *
(The name of the person filling out this form.)
What you're looking for
BERI services you're interested in *
Which of the following free services are you interested in receiving for your group?  Select all that apply.
Required
Usage of requested services *
Given your selections above, briefly describe how you would use the services to support your group's work. (max 1000 characters)
Budget ($1k-10k USD) *
Given your selections and description, how much money do you think your trial collaboration would be able to effectively use?
BERI does not give grants; we provide directly free services and support. Please acknowledge this below. *
About your group
Name of your affiliated university *
Name of your group *
We accept answers like "Professor X's Lab", "Students for Y", or "independent researcher" if you don't have an official name.
Description of your group *
What does your group do? (Max 1000 characters.) A link to a website is also sufficient.
Your role in the group *
Your title (if applicable), and a short description of your responsibilities and contributions to the group.
Mission alignment *
BERI's mission is to improve humanity's long-term prospects for survival and flourishing.  How do you think your group's work will be relevant to our mission? (max 1000 characters)
(optional) Mission alignment link
If you like, you can provide a link to a publicly visible document or website showing alignment of your work or interests with BERI’s mission.
Your resources
Faculty endorsement *
Are there one or more faculty members endorsing this application? 'Yes' and 'no' are both acceptable answers. If you are a faculty member, you can answer "Yes" and endorse your own application.
(optional) Name(s) of endorsing faculty member(s)
(optional) Email(s) of endorsing faculty member(s)
If you provide their email addresses, we may contact them to confirm their endorsements. Please provide their emails in the same order as their names, separated by commas.
(optional) Potential funder(s)
Are there one or more donors or funding sources who might be interested in making donations to pay for BERI's support of your group? If so, describe. (It's OK if you don't have any funders lined up right now, since the initial trial collaboration will be funded from BERI's general fund.)
Thanks!
Thanks for applying! It may take several weeks for us to evaluate your application and get back to you with our decision, but we will be in touch.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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