The National Science Foundation is asking researchers and the public to help identify the “pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade.”
The project, called the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, is intended to identify creative “outside the box” ideas for basic research that can “enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering,” according to the project’s web site.
Submissions to this competition are eligible for cash prizes and public recognition.
The deadline for submission is October 26, 2018.
The Idea Machines web page is keeping a running tally of entries, with 256 submissions as of September 24. Perhaps Indian Country has a few ideas that can be added to this list.