Meet the eight finalists for a $100 million grant to solve the world’s biggest social problems.

The MacArthur Foundation, known for awarding the prestigious “genius” grants to people who have distinguished themselves in the arts and sciences, is in the process of assigning its largest grant ever. It will give $100 million to one of the contenders for 100&Change, a contest to find a compelling and achievable proposal to tackle a big social issue.

Yesterday the foundation announced its shortlist of eight semi-finalists, from over 1,000 initial applicants. Of them, five will be chosen to present their projects in December, when the board will pick the winner. The breadth of the projects, and their creativity, is impressive: They tackle a variety of health and education issues in innovative ways by providing a tangible solution to a specific problem. Click on the link below to read about the finalists.

Read more: The eight semi-finalists for the $100 million MacArthur grant for 100&Change — Quartz