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Exploring the NSF 2026 Idea Machine

NSF recently issued Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 20-041 inviting proposals for Conferences and EAGER grants following the themes of the top Idea Machine entries. The 2026 Idea Machine is further described in the DCL. NSF has narrowed entries to a set of 33 ideas representing compelling areas for fundamental research in science and engineering in the coming years.

NSF is now seeking proposals to move these ideas toward actionable research agendas through catalytic activities including Conferences and EAGER projects. Please see the DCL for more details on the application process.

Deadlines. Proposals and research outlines are due to NSF by 5:00 PM on the dates below.

  • Conference proposals – March 15, 2020
  • EAGER Research Concept Outlines – March 1, 2020
  • EAGER proposals – April 30, 2020