Over the past year, the industry has enabled significant advancements in AI capabilities. As this progress accelerates, more academic research into AI safety is needed. To fill this gap, the Forum and its philanthropic partners are creating a new AI Security Fund, which will support independent researchers around the world affiliated with academic institutions, research institutes and startups. The initial financial commitment for the AI Safety Fund comes from Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI, as well as the generosity of our philanthropic partners, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.(^footnote-1), Eric Schmidt and Jaan Tallinn. In total, this represents more than $10 million in initial funding. We expect additional contributions from other partners.
Earlier this year, Forum members signed voluntary AI commitments at the White House, including a commitment to make it easier for third parties to discover and report vulnerabilities in our AI systems. The Forum sees the AI Security Fund as an important part of fulfilling this commitment by providing the external community with funding to better assess and understand border systems. The global debate on AI safety and the general AI knowledge base will benefit from a broader range of voices and perspectives.
The primary objective of the Fund will be to support the development of new model assessments and techniques for red-teaming AI models to help develop and test techniques for assessing potentially dangerous frontier system capabilities . We believe that increased funding in this area will help raise safety and security standards and provide insight into the mitigation and control measures that industry, governments and civil society need to respond to the challenges. presented by AI systems.
The Fund will launch a call for proposals in the coming months. The Meridian Institute will administer the Fund. Their work will be supported by an advisory board made up of independent external experts, experts from AI companies, and people with experience in grantmaking.