Pioneer Award

The deadline – 4 January 2018

For your transformative idea to be considered in the next funding round of the Pioneer Award, submit your brief proposal online by 4 January 2018. If you're successful, you'll be invited to pitch to the committee in November 2017.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from individuals and teams, from any discipline, regardless of background or vocation. You don't need an outstanding track record or vast quantities of evidence to back you up (although any you do have will be taken into account) – we're interested in your idea's potential.

How to apply

It's easy to apply! Start with a two page proposal to summarise your idea, then our world-class committee will judge your idea anonymously. The committee is extremely diverse and represents innovation and entrepreneurship from a broad range of disciplines. If your idea impresses them, you'll be invited to pitch.

Before you apply, you can find out more about how to apply in our scheme guidelines:

Download application guidelines (PDF)

Download supplementary information for commercial applicants (PDF)


Find out more about what we will and won’t fund.

Recently funded research

Discover more about the types of research projects that we're looking for in these videos from three of our recently funded researchers.

Contact us

General contact

For queries regarding scientific remit, please contact

Dr Jess Sutcliffe
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8916

For queries regarding patent and IP considerations, please contact

Laura Dickens
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 6359

Research events

Our Strategy and Research Funding teams attend and exhibit at conferences, meetings and workshops throughout the year.