The Discovery Awards: New Seed Funding Available

Discovery Awards

A new round of seed funding has been made available for teams working on diagnostic tests to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use. The Discovery Awards 2017 will provide small seed grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to teams or individuals anywhere in the world. These awards, funded by funded by Merck & Co. (USA), provide capital to help teams already working on their project to further develop their diagnostic tests, as well as encouraging new teams to participate in the Longitude prize.

The winning team will receive £8 million

In 2014, the Longitude Prize was established to provide an incentive for companies and teams to develop a transformative, accurate, affordable, rapid point-of-care diagnostic test that is easy-to-use, anywhere in the world. The winning team will receive £8 million for their efforts.  In particular, cross-disciplinary work with collaboration between different sectors and countries are being encouraged.

Discovery award applications are due April 21, 2017

The Discovery award applications are due April 21, 2017 at midnight, BST. Winners will be announced in July. More information about the Discovery award can be found at:

For more information on the Longitude prize, please go to:

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Michael Diamond
Co-founder of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) Michael Diamond is the co-founder of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS), a non-profit organization that recently announced $1,000,000 in Scientific Impact in its first 24 months of operation. Michael is devoted to advancing information and science to address the myriad issues relating to infection prevention and global health. Mr. Diamond is driven by the firm belief that we should not have to wait years for promising technology, ideas and processes to be implemented and accepted. Michael has created a model of information sharing that makes the process of vetting new technologies, implementing successful programs and inspiring innovation, more efficient, more accessible, more global and more collaborative. Michael’s most notable achievement to date is the TIPS online journal,, a Pan-Access, worldwide collective that extends globally and touches locally. Michael leads teams around the world to develop trials and pilot studies to aid in the discovery of successful research-to-market technological advancements. His global team includes engagers and implementers. Currently represented in 38 countries, and well-established as the world’s largest engagement network, the TIPS motto is: Join. Contribute. Make A Difference.