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Do you know someone who may have a bold, original concept to keep the United States at the forefront of innovation and need a way to easily share this exciting opportunity with them?

This toolkit contains materials that can help you get the word out! Below are downloadable postcards, posters, suggested social media posts, an email blast and more to share with your family, friends and colleagues.

Idea Machine Handbook  |  Download PDF

Two-Sided Postcard  |  Download PDF

Powerpoint Slide  |  Download PPT  |  Download PDF

Suggested sample social media posts
Do you have an idea for future investment in #STEM research and education?
Join the #NSFIdeaMachine:

NSF is looking for exciting ideas for future themes in fundamental science, engineering and STEM education research.
Do you have an idea? Enter the #NSFIdeaMachine:

e-Blast  |  Download PDF - attach this to your email

Share this message through email with your friends and family.

Subject: Help the National Science Foundation think outside the box!
Body: I wanted to share this exciting opportunity with you. The National Science Foundation is launching a prize competition called the NSF 2026 Idea Machine. Join this opportunity for researchers, the public, students and other interested parties to suggest pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade and help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering!

NSF Needs Your Help: e-Blast  |  Download PDF - attach this to your email

Public Poster  |  Download PDF

Industry Poster  |  Download PDF

Research Poster  |  Download PDF


The NSF 2026 Idea Machine
National Science Foundation
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA