Science has published an article reviewing the qualifications for submitting an idea!
Got an idea that could transform the world? The NationalScience Foundation (NSF) is all ears. The $7.8 billion research agency in Alexandria, Virginia, already gets way more good research proposals from scientists than it can fund. But NSF officials worry they still might be missing something important. So this fall they will give the public a chance to win glory—and some money—in a contest dubbed The NSF 2026 Idea Machine. Here’s how it will work. On 31 August NSF will begin accepting online entries for the contest. Anyone can submit an idea—from individual scientists to professional societies to a high school science class. And the bigger the “grand challenge,” the better.