The Global Challenges Prize 2017
A New Shape
Remodelling Global Cooperation
Calling big thinkers, from all disciplines, everywhere. The world needs your brainpower and your best ideas as never before. Compete for US$5 million in prizes. Help to reshape our world.

Submit your proposal before September 30, 2017

Survey and annual report
The Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report “Global Catastrophic Risks 2017” is based on the latest scientific research. It contains contributions from leading experts, and summarizes the current status of global efforts to manage catastrophic risks. The GCF has also commissioned an international survey, in which 8,000 members of the general public in eight countries have given their views on global risks and how to handle them. The annual report and the survey provide a background to the challenges ahead, and the risks addressed by the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape.  
Read the Annual report
Read the survey
How the competition works

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape. This competition is a quest to find new models of global cooperation capable of handling global risks. It will award US$5 million in prizes for the best ideas that re-envision global governance for the 21st century.

Be part of the effort to safeguard our world for future generations. Be part of the global conversation. Help to change the shape of things to come.

Letter from the Founder

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Dates



April 1, 2017:

Entries can be submitted.

September 30, 2017:

The final submission deadline.

October 2017-March 2018:

All eligible and complete entries will be assessed by an Expert Academic Panel, a group of leading academics, working in relevant fields, all appointed by the GCF.

May 2018:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a judging day in Stockholm in May 2018, after which the final results will be announced.



To help incite bold and visionary ideas to tackle global risks, the Global Challenges Foundation has a number of resources available to educators, global governance experts, academics, civil society organisations and high level discussions and talks.
About the Foundation
The Global Challenges Foundation aims to incite deeper understanding of the most pressing global risks to humanity - and to catalyse new ways of tackling them.