Discovery Awards


What are the Discovery Awards?

The Discovery Awards were small seed grants to help teams and individuals further develop their ideas for the Longitude Prize.

The third round of seed funding is CLOSED for judging. It will be provided by BIRAC (a public sector company of the Government of India) and was open exclusively to teams based in India. 

See our winners from 2016 and 2017:

Who can apply?

This round of the Discovery Awards was open to Indian teams only.

In future we will particularly want to encourage competitors who:

  • Are unable to access other sources of funding
  • Have reached a barrier in progressing the development of their idea
  • Are working in collaboration across sectors, disciplines or geographies which make it difficult to access other sources of funding
  • Are working on an idea that is difficult to access other sources of funding for
  • Are in a stage of development where it is difficult to access other sources of funding
  • Are working on a very novel idea

An individual can only be associated with one application to the Discovery Awards.


How to apply

This round is now closed.

You need to be registered for the Longitude Prize before you submit your application for the Discovery Awards. Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes. Register here.

After you have registered, click on Apply Now to go to our secure online submission platform where you will be able to complete our short application.

You can begin your application and save it to complete at a later date.

You must submit your application no later than midnight IST Friday 1 September 2017.

When completing your application, please consider the following:

  • Is your idea novel and within the scope of the Longitude Prize?
  • Is your proposed budget a feasible amount to help you achieve your stated activities?
  • If you receive a Discovery Award for the amount requested, will this help you progress your ideas to the next stage of development?

Please make sure to read our full terms and conditions and guidance notes before applying. See appendix 2 of our terms and conditions for full eligibility criteria. 


Judging panel

Dr Kanury Rao

Dr Kanury Rao

National Chair and Head, Drug Discovery Research Centre
Dr Taslimarif Saiyed

Dr Taslimarif Saiyed

Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms
Dr Tanjore Balganesh

Dr Tanjore Balganesh

President, Gangagen Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd

Professor Till Bachmann

Professor of Molecular Diagnostics and Infection, University of Edinburgh

Dr Penny Wilson

Senior Specialist, AMR, Vaccines and Global Health, Longitude Prize Committee Member

Team seeks funds to refine prototype

“Our team has achieved proof of concept for our technology and we are getting good preliminary results, but we need to do more to make the test commercially viable. We need support with sourcing and analysing sample sets from patients so that we have enough data to take forward for commercialisation and regulatory approval.”

Once proof of concept has been achieved, any test needs refining to ensure it meets market requirements. The Discovery Awards can be used to help develop initial prototypes, such as improving sample preparation, reducing the time to result, or undertaking further tests on clinical samples to confirm preliminary results for regulatory purposes.