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

Welcoming Our 2014 Program Fellows

We are thrilled to introduce our 2014 Fellows: Aasha Abdill and Megan Ahearn!

Dispatches from the Field: Ecovative in the Built Environment

Since winning the Fuller Challenge six months ago, the team at Ecovative Design has grown their disruptive technology portfolio significantly.

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge celebrates 7 years!

BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson was recently featured in an interview by FOLD Magazine. The conversation covered our recent DYMAX REDUX contest last year, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and the role of designers in today's fast-changing world.

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 2014 Fuller Challenge application window is now closed.


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.