MacArthur Foundation: 100&Change Grant

The MacArthur Foundation's "100&Change" competition is for a $100-million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. The competition is open to non-profit and for-profit organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must articulate the problem they are trying to solve and detail their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be judged on a 1-5 point scale for each of the following criteria: meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

  • No sector or field is out of bounds for this competition. The MacArthur Foundation expects most applications to be focused on U.S. domestic issues, but welcomes international applications.
  • Proposed solutions must be implemented over a period of between three and six years.

Competitive projects will:

  • Illustrate a powerful solution to a compelling and crucial problem
  • Reach an ambitious but realistic level of impact that maximizes improvements
  • Have a profound public benefit
  • Be grounded in authentic, certifiable results that can easily be replicated
  • Include universally recognized methodology, technology, and/or science
  • Be led by a team of seasoned experts who have achieved remarkable results
  • Have a budget and project plan grounded in successful past performance
  • Demonstrate a perpetual solution with recognized and lasting results
  • Describe a compelling support model
Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$100 million (3-to-6-year project)

  • $87 million for direct costs
  • $13 million for indirect costs (15% of direct costs, per MacArthur Foundation policy)


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • While the MacArthur Foundation strongly encourages the submission of a single application per organization, an organization may submit more than one application. If your organization is a university or other institution with multiple departments, divisions, or colleges, individual units may submit separate proposals. However, there should be no overlap in team members. The intent of the policy is to ensure that any team is concentrating their best effort into a single application. Overlapping membership of advisory boards is permitted.
  • All disciplines are eligible.
  • An Application from any eligible Entity must identify the Project that is the subject of the Application. Organizations may be required to certify that the laws of their governing jurisdiction do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of the Award under this Competition. The Competition Sponsor reserves the right to reject the Application of an organization if, in the Foundation’s sole discretion, the laws of the governing jurisdiction applicable to the organization would prohibit or limit the Competition Sponsor from proceeding with the Competition as intended or the consideration or making of any Award would impose additional administrative, tax, operational, or legal burdens on the Competition Sponsor.


Ineligible persons or entities:

  • Individuals and government entities are not eligible to submit Applications.
  • No employee or Board member of the MacArthur Foundation (or a member of their immediate family) is permitted to participate either directly or indirectly with any organization submitting an Application; any such participation will disqualify the related Application.

Submission Process

Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the 100 & Change Grant should submit proposal materials (see the Required Documents list below) as one PDF email attachment to Stephanie Endy at no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2016.

Step 2

Final nominee(s) notified of their selection by July 27, 2016.

Step 3

Nominee(s) must be registered online by September 2, 2016.

Step 4

Complete proposals are due in the applicant's Office of Research Administration by September 26, 2016 for institutional review.

Step 5

Funding agency deadline is October 3, 2016.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
07/22/2016 07/27/2016 09/26/2016 10/03/2018 CLOSED