By the year 2050, nine billion people will inhabit our planet. That may seem daunting, considering all the challenges we already face. But inertia is not an option. Now is the time to harness our creativity as well as our humanity. To find solutions to problems that may sometimes seem intractable, we have to go further. The National Geographic Further Award recognizes a leader whose work is uniquely innovative, timely, and impactful—someone who has boldly pushed the boundaries of his or her field, and who serves as an outstanding ambassador for that breakthrough work.