How to apply

The Longitude Prize is open for anyone to compete, and we welcome your participation.

You can register for and enter the Longitude Prize at any time. The Longitude Prize will close when the Longitude Committee agree that a competitor has fully met all of the requirements set out in the Prize Rules and decide to award the prize. Full details of how to enter the Longitude Prize are outlined in our Prize Rules.

The journey from idea to winning the Longitude Prize - infographic

Registration

If you would like to compete in the Longitude Prize, please complete our registration form.

By registering for the Prize you will be able to formally compete in the Longitude Prize and you will receive key information and updates regarding the Prize. We would encourage you to register at an early stage so that we can showcase your development and track your progress towards winning the prize.

Once you have registered, a link to a full application form will be made available to you.

Application

Before you complete and submit your application form you must check to see whether your innovation fully meets all of the criteria set out in our Prize Rules.

Application forms and any supporting evidence that you have will be uploaded on to a secure online system. The Prize Rule document is designed to give instructions on how to successfully fill out the main application form.

Entry Deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time, but they will only be reviewed and assessed every four months: 31 January, 31 May, 30 September. The prize will close if and when a suitable winner is found. The last application deadline, if no winner has been found before then, will be 30 September 2019.

Review

Once submitted, expert external assessors will undertake a rigorous assessment of all entries to the Longitude Prize to check whether they meet the criteria to win the prize.

Your entry will be unsuccessful if:

  • It is clear that your entry does not meet or is not capable of meeting the prize criteria,
  • Your application form is incomplete,
  • Your entry is out-of-scope for the prize, i.e, if the entry is not a diagnostic test.

If your entry is unsuccessful, you will be informed of this decision by e-mail within two months of the relevant quarterly application deadline.

Prize Advisory Panel

Any entries that are judged by our expert external assessors, that fully meet or are close to meeting the prize criteria will be sent to the Prize Advisory Panel for further assessment. The Prize Advisory Panel will review these entries and if they believe that your entry meets the criteria to win the Prize, you will be invited for an interview. Following the interview, if the Panel agree that you have met the criteria you will be invited to take part in independent testing.

Testing

Testing will take place over the six months following the Prize Advisory Panel’s decision. If the Panel judges that the testing confirms that the entry meets the criteria, they will recommend the entry as a potential winner to the Longitude Committee.

Longitude Committee

If the Longitude Committee agree that your entry meets the criteria and the Prize aims, the entry will be awarded the Longitude Prize.

If no entry is judged by the Longitude Committee to have met all of the requirements and Prize aims set out in the Prize Rules, the competition will close on the 31 December 2019.