100&Change is the MacArthur Foundation's 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. The Foundation will consider proposals from any field or problem area. Some problems cannot be solved by grants of the size that foundations typically provide. By funding at a level far above what is typical in philanthropy, the Foundation can address problems and support solutions that are radically different in scale, scope, and complexity. $100 million is a large enough sum to focus on a serious problem and its solution in a meaningful and lasting way. The Foundation seeks proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Competitive proposals will address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable.

Please Note: CU Boulder will solicit interest in this program via an internal application process - please apply at the link listed below. Internal applications will be reviewed, and a number of applications will be selected to receive campus-level and administrative support in developing a full proposal to submit to the MacArthur Foundation. This will allow CU Boulder to make strategic decisions regarding campus support for full proposals.

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 15, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: August 6, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Organization Readiness Tool: This tool assists applicants in understanding characteristics of the most competitive organizations and proposals, and will help applicants consider how well-suited their proposals are for this competition.
  • Project Summary (up to 2 pages): Please include the following elements: a brief description of the problem you are trying to solve, how you will solve this problem, how your solution will change the lives of people you wish to serve (including historically marginalized people within that population), and 1-2 sentences describing the project budget (including any funds you would leverage for this project). Please also identify the project PIs and major partners. Please reference the Foundation's Scoring Rubric in developing your project summary; this will be used in CU's evaluation of submitted internal proposals.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6339

Relevant Links

MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Webpage

MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Organization Readiness Tool

MacArthur Foundation Sample Application

MacArthur Scoring Rubric


For questions, please contact the Corporate & Foundation Relations Team at campuscfr@colorado.edu.