About Misk Grand Challenges

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.

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:


Young people with the skills they need to succeed in the knowledge economy


Young people with the passion to take on the world’s most challenging problems


A new generation of leaders who can transform their communities and change the world

In both wealthy and developing countries, we’re facing higher unemployment and lower civic participation amongst young people. They are not always listened to by governments, businesses or Non-Governmental Organizations, and they’re not always listening in return. To break this cycle and empower the confidence and leadership of young people across our economies and societies, we urgently need innovation.

Young people have exciting new ideas about how to tackle major challenges and improve situations in their communities. They have the ability to overcome the world’s biggest problems. Misk Grand Challenges aims to access and empower their ideas, so they can change the world.

"Tackling global issues demands global partnerships. This collaboration with the Gates Foundation is an important and essential initiative for the Misk Foundation. Misk Grand Challenges will directly empower young people by providing them with the research grants necessary to give them the chance to innovate new solutions. A positive future can be shaped by the next generation and the Misk Grand Challenges will act as a vital catalyst in this process"

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Crown Prince and founder of the Misk Foundation

“Through the work of our foundation, I have seen the incredible power of innovation to transform the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people. The Misk Grand Challenges will incentivize more of the brightest minds around the world to find the best ideas to solve some of the toughest development challenges.”

Bill Gates