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The NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

The tentative schedule for the NSF 2026 Idea Machine is shown below. All dates are approximate. NSF reserves the right to shift dates, and to add or remove steps as necessary.

NSF 2026 Idea Machine Step Approximate Dates
Competition entries accepted August 31 – October 26, 2018
Entries screened/judged by NSF staff October 26, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Video pitches invited March, 2019
Video pitches and narratives posted online for public comment May/June, 2019
Blue-Ribbon Panel judging and virtual interviews July/August, 2019
NSF selection of winning entries August/September, 2019
Winners announced and prizes awarded September/October, 2019


The NSF 2026 Idea Machine
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