A competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.

Competition Timeline

We designed a selection process that is fair, open, and transparent and issued an open call for proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Once the application period closes, MacArthur Staff will work to review each 100&Change submission to ensure it meets the requirements and rules before advancing to the next stage. During the peer-to-peer review process, applicants within the same domain will score and provide feedback on each other’s proposals using our established criteria. Our “wise head” panel of external judges will then review and score submissions using the same criteria and trait scoring rubric. Based on those reviews, top-scoring applicants will receive domain-specific technical reviews in which proposals will be assigned to a technical reviewer with expertise in the field of the proposed project. We will seek to generate increased recognition and support for high-impact ideas designated as the Top 100 by featuring them in our online database of the strongest proposals. MacArthur's Board of Directors will then select up to ten finalists. Over the next several months, the finalists will work with an expert team to strengthen their proposals, present a preliminary plan for monitoring and evaluation, and learning, and show authentic engagement with communities of interest before submitting revised project plans.

The selection of the final award recipient rests with MacArthur’s Board.

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Award Recipient Announced: Spring 2021

Competition Launch
April 2019

Proposals Due
August 2019

Administrative and Peer-to-Peer Review
August - September 2019

Wise Head and Technical Review
September 2019 - February 2020

Top 100 Selected
February 2020

Finalists Selected
Summer 2020

Project Development
Summer 2020 - Winter 2021

Award Recipient Announced
Spring 2021