Prize rules

Who can win?

Building the winning test for Longitude Prize - infographic

Collaborations from various fields of science, technology and business are welcomed and encouraged. 

Though not exhaustive or prescriptive, the graphic above shows some of the backgrounds and expertise we have seen and expect to see.  

Anyone of any age and any organisation may enter the competition 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 partnership with a UK organisation or institution, and meet one of the following requirements:

  • carry out manufacturing and/or design of the winning solution in the UK, or
  • lab test or showcase the winning solutions in the UK, or
  • 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.

How to win?


You must develop a point-of-care diagnostic test that can rule out antibiotic use or help identify an effective antibiotic to treat a patient. 

The winning test must be...

Needed: Improve the antibiotic treatment decision of a globally occurring problem
Accurate: Eliminate harmful treatment decisions and give confidence to the user
Affordable: Affordable for purchase and use everywhere that it is needed
Rapid: Under 30 minutes from sample collection to result
Easy-to-use: Can be used and interpreted anywhere in the world without advanced medical resources
Scalable: An original idea with a plan for full-scale manufacture and distribution
Safe: The benefits of using the test far outweigh any risks associated with it
Connected: In-built data-recording and transmission capability
Prototype: Have at least three copies of your prototype ready for clinical trials

Please read the full prize rules and Terms and Conditions before registering for Longitude Prize.