If you would like to compete in the Longitude Prize, please complete this form to register as a competitor. 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. Some of the information provided in this form will be made publicly available on this website.

Before filling out this application form please refer to the Longitude Prize Rules document, Part 3' What you must do to win the Longitude Prize'.The questions in this form have corresponding guidance in the Prize Rules document. Please read this guidance to ensure that your answers are as accurate as possible. This document contains more information on the sections below and should guide your entries.

All entries, including attached material, should be in English. In your entry you should address all of the questions posed. You should be concise and informative.

You may have additional and technically detailed information which supports or is relevant to your answers to the stated questions. Please submit this information with the application form. Clearly name these files including your Team ID, and refer to them and their content in the relevant sections of the application form.

The burden of making a strong case for the suitability of a diagnostic test to win the Longitude Prize is on competitors. This includes supplying relevant information and evidence. Nesta, the Prize Advisory Panel, and the Longitude Committee will make their judgement based upon the information contained in application forms, expert assessment, and further testing. The Prize Advisory Panel may also ask you for further information and/or invite you to interview.


Please use a consistent referencing style throughout your application.

In your answers please refer to any published material that backs up your claims using the Harvard style referencing system. Include name, page and date of publication in brackets in text e.g. (Brown, p72, 2013) and include a full bibliography of references at the bottom of the application form.

Include any unpublished data or key supporting data as an attachment. In brackets, indicate that the reference material has been uploaded by using the term “ATTACHMENT”. Then include the name, page and date as with Harvard referencing system. E.g. (ATTACHMENT, Brown, p89, 2013) and title the attached material accordingly.

Please provide a full list of all the documents that you have uploaded under the SUPPORTING EVIDENCE section of this application form.

Other creative forms of evidence such as video content are encouraged. This content should be referenced in a similar way to written material.

Before you submit an entry, please ensure that you meet the Longitude Prize Eligibility Criteria, and have carefully read the Longitude Prize Terms and Conditions, our website Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


Do not apply for the Longitude Prize unless your entry meets all of the criteria outlined below:


Focused on a globally–occurring problem. The test must improve the targeted use of antibiotics on common globally–occurring infections (including in the UK) by:

– Ruling out unnecessary antibiotic use, AND/OR

– Providing all of the necessary information to identify an effective antibiotic or combination of antibiotics.

Able to improve antibiotic treatment decisions. The test must address the described problem appropriately so that it improves antibiotic treatment decisions and public health. The test must improve on currently available existing diagnostic approaches. Your test must not have been commercially available as of 18th November 2014.


The test must be accurate enough to eliminate harmful treatment decisions, inform more targeted antibiotic use, and give users, e.g. patients, health workers, the confidence to act upon its result.


At forecasted full scale manufacture the test, including any instrumentation, must be affordable for purchase and use in its intended global market(s). Less expensive tests will be favoured. Please provide evidence of affordability in each multiple applicable markets. 


The time from sample collection to reporting of the result to the treatment decision–maker must be less than thirty minutes. More rapid tests will be favoured.


Globally applicable - the test must be suitable for point–of–care use in as many global healthcare settings where the test could be used to inform treatment decisions as possible. 

Minimally reliant on healthcare resources - the test must require minimal healthcare resources and training to be used effectively and safely.

Easy–to–use and interpret - the test must be easy to use and interpret safely and effectively, in the global settings and locations where it will be used. Please provide evidence to support your claim that the relevant user of the test would be able to use it effectively. Please consider issues of language and literacy.


Ready for manufacture and distribution - there must be a feasible product commercialisation plan for full–scale manufacture and global distribution.

Original - you must take reasonable steps to find out whether your technology infringes on the intellectual property rights of others.


The risks associated with a test will be judged against the benefit it can provide. Please tell us the main risks associated with your test and how you would address each of these.


Tests which have an in–built data recording and transmitting capacity will be favoured. A test does not need to have this capacity in order to win the prize.


The test must be a design-locked, optimised prototype, which has undergone performance evaluation in preparation for regulatory approval. In addition, you should be able to indicate impact in your chosen clinical pathway(s). Please submit a video or photographs or other image of your prototype with your application showing dimensions, with scale, and also tell us its weight.

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