The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering.
Anyone can enter - individual scientists, high school classrooms, professional societies, et al. It is a chance to win glory - and some money. Contest winners will be announced Summer 2019. Think big! The NSF is looking for BIG umbrella themes with lots of community engagement and involving all units at NSF. Think how much fun this would be to engage students in your classroom.
The deadline for submission is October 26, 2018.
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