Science Practice is the lead research partner for Longitude Prize 2014, a project run by the Centre for Challenge Prizes at Nesta and funded in collaboration with Innovate UK.
As lead research partner our role was to design the structure of the six challenge prize candidates for the main Longitude Prize 2014. The topics for these prizes were Antibiotics, Dementia, Flight, Food, Paralysis, and Water.
Over six months in early 2014 we engaged with over 170 experts from around the world to first understand the challenges in each area, identify potential paths towards a solution, and finally shape them into six distinct prizes.
The aim of this process was to ensure that the resulting challenge prizes not only encourage innovation, but do so in a way that will have the greatest positive impact at a global scale. The resulting challenge prizes, their structure, as well as the decision making process behind them were presented as Challenge Reports.
In June 2014, following a month of open public vote, Antibiotics was selected as the challenge for Longitude Prize 2014. To learn more about this challenge and the types of solutions sought, have a look at our Antibiotics Report.