£4 million Longitude Prize on Dementia announced
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A partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society, Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council announces the launch of this new prize, calling global innovators to develop technologies for people living with dementia.

The focus of this challenge, delivered by Challenge Works, will be on the creation of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created with people living with the early stages of dementia, helping them live independently for longer.

Innovators will be developing technologies that learn about the lives of people with early-stage dementia, employing assistive technology and machine learning to adapt as their condition progresses.

Professor John Iredale, Interim Executive Chair, Medical Research Council said:

“With cases on course to triple by 2050, the dementias are a major research priority for the MRC. Our aim is to transform our understanding of the causes and progression of dementia so we can find better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent it. We also want to see a better life for those with dementia.

“The Longitude Prize on Dementia will inspire innovators from diverse disciplines towards this goal with a new generation of breakthrough assistive technologies.”

More than £3 million will be awarded in seed funding and grants to the most promising innovators, with a £1 million prize awarded to the winner in early 2026.

Full details will be announced in September when entries will also open.

For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Society.

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