MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Competition

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur Foundation) - N/A

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Program Summary

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced a second round of 100&Change, 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.  Projects selected will be in line with sustainable development goals and already possess a strong evidence base. During the inaugural competition, Rice professors Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden, along with a group of international partners, were among 1,904 applicants.  We are enormously proud that they made it to the final round and secured $15 million from the foundation for NEST360, dedicated to saving newborn lives in Africa.

Program Background

Rice Internal Selection Process:

Please note that this competition requires a significant commitment of time, not only by the principal investigators, but by supporting offices across Rice.  Accordingly, we will limit the number of Rice applicants for this competition to one or two, to be selected by a committee headed by Rice president David Leebron and provost Marie Lynn Miranda.

Those interested in applying should carefully review information about the competition before preparing an internal application, due April 1, 2019.  This includes:

To apply, address the following, all of which comprise a portion of the 100&Change application (please review the link above for more detail):

  1. What is the name of your project (should easily identify the solution and distinguish it from others)?  [10 words]
  2. Provide an executive summary, a stand-alone statement of the problem and solution. [150 words]
  3. A description of your team [250 words]
  4. Explain why your team is uniquely positioned to deliver the results and why you are best positioned to solve the problem. [250 words]
  5. Problem Statement [250 words]
  6. Demand to Address the Problem [150 words]
  7. Your Solution [250 words]
  8. Theory of Change [250 words]
  9. A Broad and Narrative Description of Your Budget Needs for the $100 million [250 words]

Please indicate your interest by (1) submitting your name and project title through the limited submission website and (2) by submitting your document, addressing the nine points above, to by April 1, 2019.  Rice’s selection(s) will be determined by Friday, April 19.  The 100&Change official competition portal opens on April 30 and is available until August 6.

Any questions about this process should be directed to Katie Cervenka, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations at or x6012.

Program Details

Rice will select one proposal to be submitted as an institution.
  • Research project
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Continuing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. citizens may apply
  • U.S. permanent residents may apply
  • Foreign nationals may apply
Voluntary cost share is not allowed

Questions regarding the internal proposal, intneral selection process, or background on the MacArthur Foundaton can be directed to Katie Cervenka, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations at

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Application Instructions

To complete the letter of intent (LOI) form and apply for this limited submission funding opportunity, log in and then click the "Submit an LOI" button in the "Actions" panel above.

Upon submission, you should receive an automatic reply indicating that your submission was received. If you do not receive such a reply, please contact the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) or the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (OCFR).