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The MacArthur Foundation $100,000,000 Contest Entry
From: Jordan Blumhardt <email@example.com>
To: csr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Dec 6, 2016 6:46 pm
Subject: MacArthur 100&Change: Admin Review Update
On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation, we want to express our sincere thanks to you for your interest in 100&Change, our competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.
It is exciting to see so many creative, thoughtful, and potentially impactful ideas. We hope all this interest and participation, including yours, inspires the broader public to believe that change can really happen and that solutions are possible even to some of society’s most pressing problems.
As outlined on the 100&Change timeline, from October 4-17 we reviewed each 100&Change submission to ensure that it complied with the application requirements and rules. All applications, including yours, went through a robust administrative screening process to ensure that each one met all requirements before advancing on to the next stage of judging.
Your application was reviewed in a two-step screening process and was assessed separately by two or more individuals who ultimately concluded that the submitted application did not meet all eligibility criteria and therefore would not advance to the next round of judging. The primary reason your application was deemed ineligible is provided below:
The evidence of team capacity presented in your application is not sufficient for the judges to apply the evaluation criteria.
In many cases, our administrative reviewers identified more than one concern with an application; due to the high volume of applications we received, we regret that we are not be able to provide more detailed feedback.
We certainly recognize that this news will be disappointing, but note this was an extremely competitive process. However, we trust that you understand why we are committed to applying the rules of the competition fairly to all applications.
As we plan to repeat 100&Change every three years, you may also wish to consider submitting a revised proposal in the next round of the competition.
Again, we appreciate your interest in 100&Change and applaud your desire to help solve an important problem of our time.