News Release 20-003
NSF selects 7 winners from its first-ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine prize competition
Winning entries will help inform NSF’s research agenda through the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026 and beyond
NSF selected four grand prize and three meritorious prize winners for its first-ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine prize competition, which encouraged individuals from all walks of life, age 14 or older, to submit pressing “grand challenges” requiring fundamental research in science, engineering, or STEM education in order to inform NSF’s long-term planning.
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