Less than a month to go before the next submission deadline

04 Sep 2015

Written by Joshua Ryan-Saha

On 30 September 2015 the second Longitude Prize submission window will close. If you think that you have a prototype diagnostic test that is capable of meeting the winning criteria, you should complete and submit your entry now!

Be the ‘first-past-the-post’

The Longitude Prize is a ‘first-past-the-post’ prize. This means that the first team that fully meets the winning criteria will be awarded the Prize of £8m. That is why we review entries every four months. The other £2million will be used as seed funding for promising teams to further develop their prototypes.

We chose this method because the problem of antimicrobial resistance is too great and too urgent for us to wait decades for solutions. In the EU, already over 25,000 people die each year as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria. The global figure has been predicted to be over half a million globally.

A diagnostic test that is capable of meeting the Longitude Prize’s winning criteria is needed urgently. So if you think you’ve got the winning technology, don’t wait. Submit it now and help conserve antibiotics for future generations.

Find collaborators

If you have an idea but would like to bring on expertise from complementary fields, spread the word about Longitude Prize and form a team. Get in touch with us if you’d like advice on collaborating.

Are you registered?

You must register to compete to win the Longitude Prize. If you would like to submit your idea before the next submission deadline of 30 September, but haven’t yet registered, you must do so before Wednesday 23 September. All you need to do is complete a simple form that explains who you are and what you are working on.

Not yet ready to submit?

You can submit your entry at any time, but remember a winner can also be found at any time. The third submission window will close on 31 January 2016, unless one of your rival teams submits a winning entry in a few weeks!

If you have any questions about how to submit your entry, contact longitude.prize@nesta.org.uk.