Day One Project

Federation of American Scientists

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Washington, DC 20036

©2020 by The Day One Project, an initiative of the Federation of American Scientists


An open call for new ideas and new voices.


While our call for submissions for our inaugural Accelerator cohort closed on March 1, we continue to invite submissions on rolling basis.

COVID-19 Update

In light of current events, we are soliciting contributions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our aim is to: 

  1. Create an online clearinghouse for actionable policy ideas; 

  2. Convey those ideas for urgent policy action to policymakers who can use them; and 

  3. Help individuals whose ideas need refinement through our Accelerator.


We welcome ideas from individuals of all backgrounds (you need not be a public health expert). Promising ideas may address one of the below questions -- or another important question that would help government respond to the current crisis (and those like it in the future).

  • Pandemic Response: What immediate actions do policymakers need to take in order to respond more effectively? (E.g., Actions to limit non-emergency surgery during the pandemic to free up hospital beds)


  • Key Associated Societal Challenges: What government actions might help address the societal challenges presented by COVID-19, from ubiquitous broadband and telehealth to grants and loans to sustain young firms? (E.g., recent expansion of Medicare telehealth benefits)


  • Get it Right Next Time: What can we learn from the response so far that should inform future government pandemic and crisis responses? (E.g., early mobilization of a whole-of-government approach).


  • Make Key Changes Permanent: What recent policy changes have worked and deserve to become “standard operating procedures”? (E.g., make rapid procurement tools widespread)


  • Your idea here!


Contributions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and contributors notified as selections are made.

Have a science or tech policy pitch for POTUS? The Day One Policy Accelerator can help make it a reality.

Through the accelerator, we’re inviting anyone with a science and tech idea to develop and showcase the best ideas for action on Day One of the next presidential term.

How It Works

1.   Submissions collected here. We are collecting submissions on a rolling basis in preparation for our summer 2020 cohort. 

2.   A cohort of up to 25 selected to join us in a 45 day sprint to develop ideas into compelling proposals for action

3.  The best proposals pitch their idea to an audience of policymakers at a Day One event later this year

Preparing to Submit

     Check out our FAQ

     Review our current papers and style guide here

     Preview our submission form here