Welcome to the 2017 Fuller Challenge submission platform.

Please select the appropriate entry category and read through the eligibility requirements before entering. Each entry category has an associated application processing fee.

To read through our entry criteria, read our Call for Proposals.

Thank you for answering Buckminster Fuller's call "to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through the spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

Welcome to the 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge! 
The Fuller Challenge is a call for the world’s scientists, designers, architects, engineers, planners, artists, inventors, activists, students, and entrepreneurs to submit proposals for initiatives that aim to solve some of humanity's most pressing problems. 

Application Logistics:
  • You will be able to save a draft of your application. Please note the final deadline: Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 17:00 ET. 
  • There are twelve required application questions and two optional questions; the word limits range from 50 to 250 words.
  • We recommend beginning your application well ahead of the deadline as, depending on your internet speed, it may take significant time for any video files or other supplemental materials to upload and late applications will not be accepted.
  • Supplemental materials are optional, but to apply under this category you must provide formal documentation of your non-profit status and/or annual operating budget below $100,000. You are invited to include with your application up to three Word or PDF documents (for example: press coverage, strategic plan outlines, or annual reports). You may also submit up to five images, including sketches, renderings, photographs of yourself/your team in the field, your product or service "in action" etc. You may also submit a short video (videos of up to two minutes length will be reviewed in the first application round).
  • Even if you choose to omit supplemental text materials, we encourage you to at least submit visual materials to help communicate your initiative. Photos or a short video will assist the Review Team in getting a sense of your solution or strategy beyond the text-heavy application. 
  • This application is fully supported on the following web browsers: Chrome, FireFox and Safari. We suggest that you do not use Internet Explorer.
  • With any content-related questions, you may reach out to the Fuller Challenge Program Manager, Megan Ahearn, at challenge@bfi.org
  • If you have any issues with the Submittable application host platform itself, you may contact Submittable by emailing support@submittable.com or calling 855.467.8264 x 3
  • Semifinalists will be announced in August. Finalists will be announced in September. The Fuller Challenge Winner will be announced in October; a Conferring Ceremony will place in November 2017.

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Overview:

Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI looks for visionary whole-systems solutions that demonstrate both a clear grasp of the “big picture” and a focus on a well-defined need of critical importance. If, for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.

We seek strategies that put forth what Fuller called a preferred state model – one designed to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, regenerative future outcome. We also seek solutions that demonstrate what Fuller referred to as the trimtab principle – that a relatively small initiative inserted into a system at the right time and place can maximize the potential for advantageous change.

Initiatives representing a range of development stages may enter—from early stage proposals with completed proof-of-concept to fully operating models ready to expand. Entries can tackle urgent needs at a range of geographic scales—from strategies designed to launch global initiatives tailored to local or regional conditions that can be adapted and replicated elsewhere. Nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid initiatives all are eligible.

We invite you to answer the application questions informed by the following evaluation criteria: 
  • VISIONARY — It puts put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need. 
  • COMPREHENSIVE — It applies a whole-system approach to all facets of the design and implementation process and aim to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, and conditions. 
  • ANTICIPATORY — It factors in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of a project’s implementation in the short- and long-term. 
  • ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE — It reflects nature’s underlying principles while enhancing systems that support life on Earth. 
  • FEASIBLE — It can demonstrate proof-of-concept and relies on existing technology and/or proven science, has a solid team in place, and/or demonstrates a convincing capacity to implement the project. 
  • VERIFIABLE — It is able to withstand rigorous empirical testing and provide evidence for potential or actual positive impacts while making authentic claims.
  • REPLICABLE — It is able to scale and be widely adapted to similar conditions elsewhere. 
Winning strategies must successfully integrate the Fuller Challenge criteria.
$ 25.00
Welcome to the 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge! 
The Fuller Challenge is a call for the world’s scientists, designers, architects, engineers, planners, artists, inventors, activists, students, and entrepreneurs to submit proposals for initiatives that aim to solve some of humanity's most pressing problems. 

Application Logistics:
  • You will be able to save a draft of your application. Please note the final deadline: Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 17:00 EST
  • There are twelve required application questions and two optional questions; the word limits range from 50 to 250 words.
  • We recommend beginning your application well ahead of the deadline as, depending on your internet speed, it may take significant time for any video files or other supplemental materials to upload and late applications will not be accepted.
  • Supplemental materials are optional, other than providing proof of enrollment. Student entries must provide proof of full-time enrollment at university-level. You are invited to include with your application up to three Word or PDF documents (for example: press coverage, strategic plan outlines, or annual reports). You may also submit up to five images, including sketches, renderings, photographs of yourself/your team in the field, your product or service "in action" etc. You may also submit a short video (videos of up to two minutes length will be reviewed in the first application round).
  • Even if you choose to omit supplemental text materials, we encourage you to at least submit visual materials to help communicate your initiative. Photos or a short video will assist the Review Team in getting a sense of your solution or strategy beyond the text-heavy application. 
  • This application is fully supported on the following web browsers: Chrome, FireFox and Safari. We suggest that you do not use Internet Explorer.
  • With any content-related questions, you may reach out to the Fuller Challenge Program Manager, Megan Ahearn, at challenge@bfi.org
  • If you have any issues with the Submittable application host platform itself, you may contact Submittable by emailing support@submittable.com or calling 855.467.8264 x 3
  • Semifinalists will be announced in August. Finalists will be announced in September. The Fuller Challenge Winner will be announced in October; a Conferring Ceremony will place in November 2017.

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Overview:

Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI looks for visionary whole-systems solutions that demonstrate both a clear grasp of the “big picture” and a focus on a well-defined need of critical importance. If, for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.

We seek strategies that put forth what Fuller called a preferred state model – one designed to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, regenerative future outcome. We also seek solutions that demonstrate what Fuller referred to as the trimtab principle – that a relatively small initiative inserted into a system at the right time and place can maximize the potential for advantageous change.

Initiatives representing a range of development stages may enter—from early stage proposals with completed proof-of-concept to fully operating models ready to expand. Entries can tackle urgent needs at a range of geographic scales—from strategies designed to launch global initiatives tailored to local or regional conditions that can be adapted and replicated elsewhere. Nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid initiatives all are eligible.

We invite you to answer the application questions informed by the following evaluation criteria: 
  • VISIONARY — It puts put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need. 
  • COMPREHENSIVE — It applies a whole-system approach to all facets of the design and implementation process and aim to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, and conditions. 
  • ANTICIPATORY — It factors in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of a project’s implementation in the short- and long-term. 
  • ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE — It reflects nature’s underlying principles while enhancing systems that support life on Earth. 
  • FEASIBLE — It can demonstrate proof-of-concept and relies on existing technology and/or proven science, has a solid team in place, and/or demonstrates a convincing capacity to implement the project. 
  • VERIFIABLE — It is able to withstand rigorous empirical testing and provide evidence for potential or actual positive impacts while making authentic claims.
  • REPLICABLE — It is able to scale and be widely adapted to similar conditions elsewhere. 
Winning strategies must successfully integrate the Fuller Challenge criteria.
Ends on March 31, 2017$ 100.00
$ 100.00
Welcome to the 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge! 
The Fuller Challenge is a call for the world’s scientists, designers, architects, engineers, planners, artists, inventors, activists, students, and entrepreneurs to submit proposals for initiatives that aim to solve some of humanity's most pressing problems. 

The final deadline for entries is Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 17:00 ET. 

Application Logistics:
  • You will be able to save a draft of your application. Please note the final deadline:  Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 17:00 ET. 
  • There are twelve required application questions and two optional questions; the word limits range from 50 to 250 words.
  • We recommend beginning your application well ahead of the deadline as, depending on your internet speed, it may take significant time for any video files or other supplemental materials to upload and late applications will not be accepted.
  • Supplemental materials are optional. You are invited to include with your application up to three Word or PDF documents (for example: press coverage, strategic plan outlines, or annual reports). You may also submit up to five images, including sketches, renderings, photographs of yourself/your team in the field, your product or service "in action" etc. You may also submit a short video (videos of up to two minutes length will be reviewed in the first application round).
  • Even if you choose to omit supplemental text materials, we encourage you to at least submit visual materials to help communicate your initiative. Photos or a short video will assist the Review Team in getting a sense of your solution or strategy beyond the text-heavy application. 
  • This application is fully supported on the following web browsers: Chrome, FireFox and Safari. We suggest that you do not use Internet Explorer.
  • With any content-related questions, you may reach out to the Fuller Challenge Program Manager, Megan Ahearn, at challenge@bfi.org
  • If you have any issues with the Submittable application host platform itself, you may contact Submittable by emailing support@submittable.com or calling 855.467.8264 x 3
  • Semi-Finalists will be announced in August. Finalists will be announced in September. The Fuller Challenge Winner will be announced in October; a Conferring Ceremony will place in November 2016.

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Overview:

Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI looks for visionary whole-systems solutions that demonstrate both a clear grasp of the “big picture” and a focus on a well-defined need of critical importance. If, for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.

We seek strategies that put forth what Fuller called a preferred state model – one designed to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, regenerative future outcome. We also seek solutions that demonstrate what Fuller referred to as the trimtab principle – that a relatively small initiative inserted into a system at the right time and place can maximize the potential for advantageous change.

Initiatives representing a range of development stages may enter—from early stage proposals with completed proof-of-concept to fully operating models ready to expand. Entries can tackle urgent needs at a range of geographic scales—from strategies designed to launch global initiatives tailored to local or regional conditions that can be adapted and replicated elsewhere. Nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid initiatives all are eligible.

We invite you to answer the application questions informed by the following evaluation criteria: 
  • VISIONARY — It puts put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need. 
  • COMPREHENSIVE — It applies a whole-system approach to all facets of the design and implementation process and aim to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, and conditions. 
  • ANTICIPATORY — It factors in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of a project’s implementation in the short- and long-term. 
  • ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE — It reflects nature’s underlying principles while enhancing systems that support life on Earth. 
  • FEASIBLE — It can demonstrate proof-of-concept and relies on existing technology and/or proven science, has a solid team in place, and/or demonstrates a convincing capacity to implement the project. 
  • VERIFIABLE — It is able to withstand rigorous empirical testing and provide evidence for potential or actual positive impacts while making authentic claims.
  • REPLICABLE — It is able to scale and be widely adapted to similar conditions elsewhere. 
Winning strategies must successfully integrate the Fuller Challenge criteria.