Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is intended to answer any initial questions you may have about Longitude Prize, the judging process and eligibility criteria. For full details please read the Prize Rules and Terms and Conditions.

Entering and winning the Prize

I have an idea which isn’t a diagnostic test but can help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Can I still win the Prize?

The Longitude Prize is only open to those who have developed a new diagnostic test that meets the criteria as laid out in the Prize rules.

Who can enter the prize?

Anyone of any age and any organisation may enter the competition Longitude Prize as long as the team is able to demonstrate that in winning the prize it would deliver direct economic growth or benefit or social benefit in the UK.

To demonstrate such benefit the team must:

Include a member which has a presence in the United Kingdom, meaning an office in the UK, affiliation with a UK company or a partnership with a UK organisation or institution, and either:

  1. carry out manufacturing and/or design of the winning solution in the UK, or
  2. lab test or showcase the winning solutions in the UK, or
  3. use some other means agreed in writing with Nesta and Innovate UK before participating in the Longitude Prize.

The winning solution must advance Nesta’s charitable objectives for public benefit;

Under-18s must have written permission from their legal guardian in order to enter the competition.

When can I enter and win the Prize?

You can submit an application to win at any time throughout the year, however applications are only assessed by our judging panel every four months on 31 January, 31 May and 30 September. The Prize will remain open until it is won, with the last deadline on 30 September 2019. The assessment process means that the winner will decided upon and announced roughly 9 months after the relevant application deadline. Please see the Prize timeline for more details.

How is a winner chosen?

Competitor submissions will be assessed by independent experts and the Prize Advisory Panel. If they feel that the test, with supporting evidence, meets the Prize criteria they will initiate an independent testing and modelling programme to verify competitor claims. If, after this, the test is considered to qualify for winning the Prize, the Prize Advisory Panel will shall recommend it to the Longitude Committee, who shall make the final judgement as whether a competitor has won the Longitude Prize. See the Prize Rules for more details.

How do I win the Prize?

The Longitude Prize will reward a competitor that can develop a transformative point-of-care diagnostic test that will revolutionise the delivery of global healthcare and conserve antibiotics for future generations. The test must be accurate, rapid, affordable, easy-to-use and available to anyone, anywhere in the world. It will identify when antibiotics are needed and, if they are, which ones to use. Please see the Prize rules for more details.

The Prize Rewards

How much money will I get if I win the Prize?

£8 million will be awarded to the winner of the Longitude Prize. £2 million will be awarded to support promising entries along the way.

Are there any rules about how I can spend the Prize money if I win?

The Prize money must be used to develop and market the winning solution.

How do I have to split the money if I am part of a consortium?

That is up to you and the other members of the consortium to decide.

Help and Support

I’ve got an idea or an early-stage product which I think will meet the Prize criteria after more development. Can I win?

You can’t win the Longitude Prize with your project as it is. You will need to develop your test further so that it can actually meet all of the Prize criteria in order to win the Longitude Prize. 

I have an idea but I don’t have the expertise to develop it by myself. Can you help me?

You can register for the Longitude Prize on our website and indicate that you are looking to collaborate with others to develop your idea. This information will then be made publicly available on our website. Equally, you can look on the Longitude Prize website for others who are looking to collaborate. We recommend including a website or social media account as part of your registration so you can be contacted by others looking to collaborate and signing up to our newsletter to hear about any collaboration or networking opportunities.

Why hasn't my entry appeared on the website?

We check all registrations for their suitability before they appear on our website. We aim to process all registrations within 5 working days. If your registration has not been successful you will receive an email to the contact email address you provided with feedback for why your application was unsuccessful.

I have a question about my application form. Is there someone in the team I can speak with?

If you have any queries please contact us at longitude.prize [at] nesta.org.uk.

Intellectual Property and Regulation

Who retains the intellectual property for my diagnostic?

You will retain all intellectual property rights, unless you win the Prize and fail to develop your product within five years. For full details, see the Terms and Conditions.

What do I do if I think that another team is copying my idea for winning the prize?

Please inform the Longitude Prize team of your concerns at longitude.prize [at] nesta.org.uk

Do I have to have regulatory approval for my diagnostic?

You do not need to have regulatory approval to win the Longitude Prize, though you must comply with all local legislation in the development of the diagnostic test. You must demonstrate that in the near future you will be able to and intend to gain the appropriate regulatory approval to supply your diagnostic test to the users who need it.

Do I have to patent my diagnostic?

You must take reasonable steps to find out whether your technology infringes on the intellectual property rights of others and your intellectual property should be protected in order to prevent others from claiming it.

How will the Longitude Prize ensure confidentiality of competitors entries?

When submitting their entry, competitors must identify any confidential or sensitive information included in your entry. All individuals that can access, view or judge application forms and supporting evidence submitted by competitors will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements. Once written entries have been processed they will be kept for twelve months or until there is no reason related to the management of the Longitude Prize for us to keep them.