The IBM Center for The Business of Government announced a Challenge Grant for essays envisioning the future of the structure and operations of government in the year 2040. The Challenge Grant will provide $2,500 for the winners of the competition to produce essays for publication. (Read our blog post that highlights this initiative and our 20th anniversary.)

The IBM Center seeks alternative visions of government and the delivery of government services in 2040. Questions to explore may include: What will the management of government look like? How will it operate?

To encourage “out of the box” thinking, the Center is not providing any additional guidance on topics to be addressed in the proposals. We seek creative ideas on alternative scenarios for the future.

The Challenge Grant process follows:

  • Stage Two: The Center will review proposals and select 5 to 10 finalists who will each receive a $2,500 Challenge Grant to prepare a longer essay (up to 2,500 words) presenting their future scenario. Schedule: The Center will announce the winning proposals by the end of March 2018.
  • Stage Three: The winners of the Challenge Grant will be asked to prepare an essay for publication by the Center. Schedule: The 2,500 word essays will be due to the Center by May 15, 2018.


Note that government and IBM employees can participate to receive recognition for their ideas, but not monetary rewards.

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