Informational meetings for MacArthur 100 & Change proposals May 2 and 16

Vanderbilt is seeking concept proposals for the MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change competition. The MacArthur Foundation will award one $100 million grant for a project that promises measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.

The foundation considers proposals from any field or problem area. Compelling proposals not selected for the $100 million grant still may be eligible for support. To date, $254 million to support other bold solutions has been committed by other funders and philanthropists.

Eligibility requirements

Impact: Does the proposal describe an urgent problem worth solving, and will the solution have a transformative impact?

Evidence-based: Does the proposal present evidence that its solution or critical components have previously yielded practical and concrete results?

Feasible: Does the team have the skills, capacity, relationships and experience to deliver its proposal?

Durable: Will the solution have a sustained impact? Does the solution either expect to solve the problem in five years or create a pathway to solving the problem over time?


  • Proposals due: Aug. 6, 2019
  • $100 Million and Change award announcement: Fall 2020

Informational meetings

Development and Alumni Relations and the Corporate and Foundation Relations Department will host two informational meetings for any faculty interested in submitting a proposal.

Meeting 1
Thursday, May 2
10–11 a.m.
Central Library, Room 800-BB

Meeting 2
Thursday, May 16
10–11 a.m.
Central Library, Room 800-BB

To register for this event, please email Kirra Cruise-Streat at