Pioneer Award

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from individuals and teams, from any discipline, regardless of background or vocation. You don't need a stunning 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 (PDF)

Download application guidelines pdf

The deadline – 5 September 2016

For your revolutionary idea to be considered in the next funding round of the Pioneer Award, submit your brief proposal online by 5 September 2016. If you're successful, you'll be invited to pitch to the committee in November.

Submit your Idea


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

Contact us

General contact

For queries regarding scientific remit, please contact

Marjolein Schaap
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8097

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.