Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Anyone with an idea! We want the best ideas from people with firsthand experiences solving problems with solutions rooted in science, technology and innovation. The call is open to anyone including researchers, policy experts, entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, past and current policy makers, scientists, innovators, and any person with a good idea for a policy related to science, technology and/or innovation.

Can you share more about the kinds of ideas you are looking for?


  • How can we utilize the expertise of disinformation scholars in developing national disinformation strategy? What insights should shape federal action on the issue?
  • What actions should the intelligence community, namely the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security agency (CSIA) among others, take to better secure U.S. elections against disinformation and foreign interference?
  • How should the Federal Government regulate platforms to curtail the spread of polarizing disinformation? Which agency or agencies should lead the charge?
  • What market-shaping policy tools or incentives could help new competitors emerge in technology sectors that suffer from a lack of meaningful competition, such as the social media market?
  • What should be the White House guidance to FTC and DOJ on articulating a non-price-based model for examining and investigating the rise of technology monopolies?
Securing the Internet
  • How should the Federal Government incentivize countries away from data localization practices, when data is increasingly crucial to national progress?
  • What actions should the Federal Government take to ensure that a satellite Internet doesn’t become a dragnet for information or an Internet/communications jamming weapon?
Net Neutrality/American Broadband
  • How could FCC leverage greater authority over the broadband market to advance causes like universal access to meet the modern connectivity needs of low-income families?
  • What new considerations should be part of any attempt to use legislation to secure net neutrality?
Future of Work
  • How can the Federal Government upskill Americans to the digital economy?
  • Are there new categories of work that the government should be accounting for in its labor policies and how should they be regulated?
Racial Equity & Technology Policy
  • What laws—existing or new—should the White House utilize to advance racial equity in technology policy?
  • How can the government hold dominant technology companies accountable for the potential future racial prejudices and civil rights issues they perpetuate? What new, specific capacities and expertise are needed in order for the government to uphold equity?
Technology & Trade
  • What should the future of trade and technology partnerships with U.S. allies look like?
  • How can the U.S. engage and invest in the half of the world still to come online?
  • What critical supply-chains and industries should the Federal Government seek to domestically reshore and why?
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)
  • What actions should the Federal Government (Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) take to streamline the rollout of automobiles, drones, and other AVs?
  • How can the Federal Government ensure pedestrian safety and protect user privacy while balancing the incentives to innovate (e.g. avoiding liability shields when an AV injures a pedestrian)?
Digital Currency
  • How should the U.S. Treasury build infrastructure to account for the rise of digital currencies around the world?
  • How should the Federal Government protect the USD in a world of digital currencies, such as China’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment and Facebook’s Libra?
Quantum Information Science (QIS)
  • How can the Federal Government address the QIS talent gap and promote a quantum-smart workforce?
  • How can the Federal Government enable high-quality quantum error correction?

Where will my idea be published if it is accepted?

We host all papers on our website upon completion. Authors retain the rights to share, use, post, and disseminate the paper wherever they choose. The Day One Project will support authors in packaging and disseminating papers after the completion of the accelerator to relevant policy makers on an individual basis.

Can I apply with a co-author?

Yes, we accept co-authors and teams of two (2) authors collaborating on a single proposal. We require one submission per team. A single team member is asked to submit the idea on behalf of the team. Our submission form provides an opportunity to include the names and emails of the other team members.

Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes, you are welcome to submit more than one idea, but each idea requires its own submission, and only one will be accepted.

Can I be based internationally?

The Day One Project emphasizes diversity in the recruitment of policy proposals and is open to submissions from citizens of all nations. Because the policy proposals are focused on advancing U.S. S&T policy, the Project looks to recruit authors with demonstrated experience and thinking on American governance and S&T expertise.

How many proposals are you accepting for the accelerator?

For the Technology Policy Accelerator, we will accept between 15 and 20 proposals. We plan to launch a fourth round of the accelerator later in 2021 and will accept more submissions then.

How will my submission be evaluated?

Ideas will be evaluated across two primary dimensions: 1) potential for impact and 2) feasibility to implement. Within these categories, we consider various factors as we evaluate submissions. Your idea does not need to address each and every question. We offer the below categories and questions as a guide to help authors as they consider their proposal: Understanding of the problem – Does the author articulate an understanding of the issue and experience working on this particular problem within or outside of government? Novelty of solution – Is the idea new? Does the idea impact a new area of policy, or present an opportunity for an agency or department to apply an idea in a new way? Does the idea have potential to grow and scale as a result of the federal government taking action? Urgency and need – Does the proposal aim to take on a burning issue on a national stage lacking creative ideas for how to solve it? Does the idea draw attention to an issue that is an emerging opportunity or potential threat? Does the idea propose an action that would otherwise not happen if the government failed to act? Potential for implementation – Is the proposal aligned with any ongoing or existing actions? Is there any historical precedent from previous/current administrations taking on the issue, and are there current ongoing efforts to address it? Does the idea have potential to appeal to a bipartisan audience? Does it already have a champion or sponsor within the government working on the issue? Required resources – What financial resources might be required to move the idea forward? Does it require new investment? Is there a way to utilize existing funds in a new way to provide financial support? Target audience/customer – Does the idea have a clear policy platform and audience to act on it? Is it something that can be executed on by the executive branch, or is it better suited for a specific agency or congress to work on? Is it something appropriately scoped or scaled for a particular high-level policymaker? ​We seek a wide range of ideas covering diverse topics and plan to select the best ideas that are submitted.

What is the timeline for reviewing proposals and opening the accelerator?

We are currently accepting applications for our Technology Policy Accelerator cohort until Thursday, February 18, 5PM EST. Select candidates will be invited to a short interview on February 24-26, and decisions will be made shortly after. The Technology Policy Accelerator will take place for nine weeks between March 8th and May 7th, 2021.

How does the accelerator process work, and what am I committing to if I am accepted?

  • Interested parties begin by completing our official submission form. Each submission requires prospective authors to submit information on who they are, as well as a summary of their idea to help our team understand and evaluate each submission. We recommend reviewing the form in advance and thinking through each answer to the questions before officially submitting your proposal. We also suggest reviewing existing papers on our website for examples of previous work.
  • Once an idea is submitted, the Day One Project will review and accept up to 20 policy ideas. If your idea is accepted, the Day One Project will work with you to help define and refine your initial idea, and convert it into an actionable two page policy memo over the course of nine weeks. Our team will work with each individual author(s) to curate and craft your idea into an actionable policy. The Day One team will provide writing resources, phone consultation, editorial support, and connections to domain experts (when applicable) to help authors advance their idea into a full proposal.
  • Following the completion of the accelerator, we aim to invite authors to pitch their proposal virtually to expert policymakers. We will work with authors to drive traction on their proposal with the goal of pushing for the implementation of recommendations outlined.

Why should you apply?

We believe you are the ones with the best ideas! The toughest problems to solve are best understood by those out in the world wrestling with them every day. Our vision for the Day One Project is to offer a shared platform for people to convert big ideas into a policy change. We feel that anyone out there could hold the next big idea to shape and influence the policy priorities of the next presidential term. Emerging technologies, scientific discovery, and creative approaches to solving the toughest problems bubble up in pockets around the United States. Leaders championing these ideas lack a direct connection to policymakers, and a platform to assist them in translating their big ideas into action. By leveraging our network and experience in policy making, the Day One Accelerator offers the connection and platform for anyone with a policy idea to receive direct support to develop an actionable policy ready for implementation, and directly influence the policy priorities of the next presidential term. We believe it is critically important to gain a diversity of perspectives to inform these priorities, and bring new voices to the policymaking table to capitalize on the opportunity 2021 presents.