Open Philanthropy Project Awards $16 Million for Health Security

The Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has announced a three-year, $16 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project in support of its efforts to strengthen health security and public health preparedness globally.

The grant will focus on improving the understanding of and response to serious global biological risks; assessing how new technologies could reduce or exacerbate those risks; strengthening biosafety norms and approaches internationally; and increasing awareness among policy makers about the most important biosecurity and pandemic challenges. The Baltimore-based center conducts independent research and analysis on the policies, organizations, systems, and tools needed to prevent and respond to epidemics and public health crises.

"It is gratifying to see a philanthropic organization committing such substantial new resources to issues we care so deeply about — research and advocacy on biosecurity and global biological risk," said Tom Inglesby, the center’s director. "This grant will have a transformative impact on our work and our ability to make a difference."

"We are very excited to support the Center for Health Security’s work to improve biosecurity and pandemic preparedness nationally and globally," said Jaime Yassif, program officer for biosecurity and pandemic preparedness at the Open Philanthropy Project. "We think the goals of our two organizations are well aligned and that the center has an excellent track record of producing quality research, analysis, and policy recommendations. We believe that, with Open Philanthropy support, their advocacy, and policy impact will be magnified and greatly expanded."

"Open Philanthropy Project Awards $16 Million to Center for Health Security." Johns Hopkins University Press Release 02/08/2017.