Main points in favor of this grant
Normally I'm somewhat skeptical of totally independent alignment work, but Lawrence has a solid track record and I think his project ideas sound quite exciting. I was also recommended this grant specifically by someone I trust, and encouraged Lawrence to put it up here.
Donor's main reservations
Independent alignment work without any mentorship doesn't have a fantastic track record in my opinion, so it's definitely possible that not much of value will come from this other than helping keep Lawrence learning and doing work (though that is still meaningful upside).
Process for deciding amount
I would fund the full amount here, but I'm starting to run out of money in my Manifund pot. I'd appreciate other funders stepping in to top this off.
Conflicts of interest