Finding “Big Ideas 2.0”: Identifying new directions for research.
The NSF 2026 Idea Machine!
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.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) received more than 800 idea submissions for the NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition. Entries were judged and 33 are still in the running for the grand prize. Now, we need YOU to help NSF determine which entries will advance to the next stage by watching entrants' video pitches and commenting on the importance and potential impact of their Big Ideas, as well as providing suggestions on how their ideas can be improved.
Watch the video pitches and review entries from 05/31/2019 - 06/26/2019 at nsf2026imgallery.skild.com.
Entrants suggest new “Big Ideas” for future investment
Open to all
Public comments; blue-ribbon panel
Best ideas receive public recognition, cash prizes, and other awards