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.

FINAL (EXTENDED) DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016 AT 17:00 ET
Click here to read about the student entry category.

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Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalists

July 5th, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge.

Update: 2016 Fuller Challenge Entries Under Review

The review process to select the 9th recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge award is currently underway. BFI has welcomed two outstanding Fellows as well as a renowned group of external advisors to participate in the review process. This year, 52% of Fuller Challenge submissions came from outside of the United States. Click for an overview of the entry pool, an update on the selection process, and testimonials from the entrants.

News from BFI's Catalyst Program

The 2015-16 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program entrants have received a number of benefits and opportunities through BFI's network in recent months. The Catalyst Program entrants represent the top 10% of the pool of Fuller Challenge entrants each year. Click to read about entrants that received the World Design Impact Prize, Katerva Awards, and the Autodesk Foundation's Impact Design grants.

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!