Challenge


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

The 2016 Call for Proposals is now available.

The Fuller Challenge has three separate application fees.
There is a 25% early bird discount to the General Application fee
for applicants who submit by February 17, 2016 17:00 EST.

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Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist Warka Water Selected as World Design Impact Finalist

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design recently announced three finalists for the 2015-2016 World Design Impact Prize, one of which was 2015 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist Warka Water. Click to read more.

Join BFI and girltank: Webinar for Female Innovators

BFI, in collaboration with girltank, will host a webinar, A Call to Women Who Make the World Work, for female innovators interested in applying to the 2016 Fuller Challenge this Wednesday, January 27th at 2pm EST. Click for more information and to register.

2016 Fuller Challenge Fellowship Announcement

BFI announces the 2016 Fuller Challenge Fellowship program, open for applications until March 12, 2016. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion. Click for information on how to apply.

About the Challenge

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, entrepreneurs, planners, designers, architects, activists, artists, and students 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.

Media

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

Winners

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!

A Design Science Primer

BFI is committed to continued research into the practice and fundamental principles of comprehensive anticipatory design science and its relevance to contemporary global issues and design practice. This section offers a wide range of writings, presentations, and surveys from an array of international scholars pertaining to Design Science.