Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award."

The Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.

"We are coming to an era the likes of which we've never seen before, we're in the whitewaters of human history. We don't know what lies ahead. Bucky Fuller's ideas on design are at the core of any set of solutions that will take us to calmer waters.”

– David Orr

Recommend a Project for the 2015 Fuller Challenge

We are looking for visionary social and environmental solutions from all over the world to win $100,000. Would you like to recommend a project for the 2015 Fuller Challenge? You can do so here!

New Video Captures Spirit of the Fuller Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the premier of a short video connecting Fuller’s legacy to the contemporary Fuller Challenge! Check it out here.

Dispatches from the Field: How Does It Grow

In this month’s installment of our Dispatches From the Field column we feature another outstanding 2014 Catalyst Program, How Does It Grow, a multi-platform initiative that brings agricultural literacy for all ages.

About the Challenge

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

Apply to the Challenge

The 2015 Fuller Challenge opens for applications in mid-February. We look forward to learning more about your work!


See here for a catalog of our 2014 Challenge-related Announcements, Press Releases and news coverage.


Fuller Challenge winners apply a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory thinking and tackle issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and innovation in biomaterials packaging.

Idea Index

For more information about the winners, finalists, and other entrants to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, from 2008 to 2013, please visit Idea Index 1.0. Version 2.0 is on the way!