What is the Day One Accelerator? 

The Day One Accelerator gives anyone with a promising science and tech policy idea the tools to develop a proposal for action and advocate for it. Participants need not be experts in policy making to contribute—they just need to be passionate about a promising idea.


Over the course of a part-time 45-day sprint, our team and network of policy experts guide participants through a process—with training, technical assistance, and dedicated resources—to convert an initial idea into a tailored policy proposal memo with a concrete set of implementable policy actions aimed at a policymaker audience. 


**Our open call for the July 2020 cohort is now closed. We continue to welcome ideas and will review them on a rolling basis.  


How it works

  1. People seeking policy change submit their initial idea by completing the form below.

  2. The Day One Team reviews each individual submission for consideration in our next Day One Accelerator Cohort.

  3. A cohort of up to 15 participants is invited to join our program over a 45-day sprint to develop their idea into a Day One Policy Memo. 

  4. At the end of the 45-days, participants have a chance to pitch their idea to an audience of policymakers at a Day One event later this year.

Before You Submit

  1. Check out our FAQ

  2. Review our policy papers and check out the ideas and backgrounds of our first cohort

  3. Preview the questions in the submission form below

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