A new model to inspire change
Housed at TED, The Audacious Project is a collaborative funding initiative that is unlocking social impact on a grand scale. Every year we select and nurture a group of big, bold solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges, and with the support of an inspiring group of donors and supporters come together to get them launched.
These unprecedented times require innovative solutions that can deliver relief to communities in need today. In record time, we’ve identified and channeled funding to an additional cohort of COVID-19 related ideas. From scaling up contact tracing to empowering healthcare workers and providing food aid, these solutions are much-needed contributions to the global recovery and response effort. Learn more
The Big Ideas
Each year, The Audacious Project identifies jaw-dropping ideas for global change. Learn more about our latest projects or view all Audacious Projects.
Center for Policing Equity
In the US today, Black people are two to four times more likely to be targets of police force than White people. Center for Policing Equity works with police departments and communities one city at a time, using smart data capture to fuel measurable behavior change.
Institute for Protein Design
Until now, human beings have been unable to design new proteins. The Institute for Protein Design will lead the protein design revolution, becoming the “Bell Labs” of the field and taking on five grand challenges that could change how drugs, vaccines and materials are made.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Plants naturally remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it into oxygen and biomass. Salk Institute believes it can train plants to be even more productive, storing massive amounts of carbon for longer — and keeping atmospheric temperatures from rising.