Foundation Relations

Misk Grand Challenges is a collaboration between the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds global health and development programs for the world’s poorest people. Misk Grand Challenges aims to help young people change the world by empowering them to create fresh, innovative solutions to global challenges facing the next generation.

Over a three-year period, Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, offering 100 young innovators across the world a Phase I award of $100,000 to develop their ingenious ideas into a concrete proof of concept. Each Phase I recipient will have one opportunity to compete for a Phase II award of up to $1,000,000

Round 1 challenges will focus on two themes: Global Citizenship and Education.

Faculty interested in applying please contact WPI's Office of Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy.