The Cooperative AI Foundation (CAIF, pronounced “safe”) is a new charitable entity whose mission is to support research that will improve the cooperative intelligence of advanced AI for the benefit of all. This mission is driven by our belief that many of the most important problems facing humanity – climate change, nuclear war, and pandemic preparedness, to name but a few – are problems of cooperation, and that AI will be increasingly important when it comes to solving (or exacerbating) such problems.
Backed by a large philanthropic commitment, our ambition is to build the nascent field of Cooperative AI, improving the ability of AI systems to engender cooperation between humans, machines, and institutions. A more detailed introduction to this field can be found in our recent Nature piece and paper on open problems in Cooperative AI.
The “benefit of all” sits at the heart of everything we do. We are relentless in our ambition to have the greatest possible positive impact, both supporting and trusting our staff (and our external partners) to perform at their best. We strive to learn from our failures, through a culture of curiosity, openness, and compassion, alongside evidence-based reasoning and rigorous evaluation. With a diversity of perspectives and values forming the core of any cooperation problem, we must also practise what we preach: maintaining plurality, equity, and inclusiveness in all that we do.
We’re looking for a Program Manager to lead the deployment of CAIF’s multi-million dollar budget for funding groundbreaking and critical research.
We’ve got ambitious plans for 2023, and the Program Manager will be key to making a lot of them happen! It’s an almost blank-slate challenge for someone who’s ready to bring an innovative, thoughtful approach to funding and supporting research. You’ll work to raise awareness and accessibility of our programs, especially for work that goes systematically underfunded, and reduce bias in evaluating proposals. You’ll figure out how we can better predict and monitor outcomes without undue burden on researchers. You’ll be proactive, collaborative and inclusive in your approach, in order to stimulate more relevant and high-quality proposals from a wide range of potential grantees. Your responsibilities include:
- Iterate on our grantmaking process to make it more effective, fair and efficient, including optimising our use of software and negotiating provider renewal or switch
- Be the main point of contact for applicants, reviewers and institutions end-to-end
- Conduct and/or automate initial screenings of grant applications, due diligence and managing conflicts of interest
- Report on grantmaking KPIs, gather feedback and run team retrospectives after each grant allocation
- Work with leadership & trustees to scope out, refine and advertise new grant calls
- Work with CAIF’s research analysts to actively search for promising grantmaking opportunities and cultivate a relevant applicant pool
- Scope out and run potentially creative programmes, e.g., a PhD scholarship and/or postdoctoral fellowship scheme, awards, competitions, grand challenges, and other new and innovative ways of making grants
- Support with other related activities ad hoc, e.g., our summer retreat of 25-50 leading thinkers; setting up working groups; publicising cooperative AI; and helping with annual strategy & planning