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

Dispatches from the Field: Design for America

Design for America trains and connects student-led teams as they learn and lead an innovation process that emphasizes empathy, experimentation, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Fuego del Sol on Chicago Public Radio

2014 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist and social enterprise Fuego del Sol Haiti is featured on Worldview Global Activism Radio this week.

Semi-Finalists Announced for the 2014 Fuller Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists. These projects deserve the attention of the world for their commitment to “solving for system” – an approach that takes an unusual degree of insight, patience, tenacity and courage. Check them out here!

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.

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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.