Four cities chosen for Climate Smart Cities Challenge

They will support innovators who are developing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


European Social Innovation Competition 2021

Helping power the European economy’s green and digital future


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How three women pivoted their businesses during a global pandemic


Growing the water sector in England and Wales

Five industries that could inspire innovation in the water industry


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What is a challenge prize?

Challenge Prizes are competitions that take a specific problem and incentivise people to solve them with their own ideas, technology and sustainable solutions.

Latest Challenges

European Social Innovation Competition

Looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation and growth in Europe.

€50k | Entries open until 12 May 2021

Water Breakthrough Challenge

Providing an opportunity for water companies to receive funding for initiatives to deliver tangible benefits for customers, society and the environment.

£10 million | Entries open until 3 June 2021

Innovation in Water Challenge

Stimulating innovative responses to challenges in the water industry, such as climate change and the risk of pollution in UK waterways.

£2M | Winners announced 21 April 2021

Stories from around the world

How have we improved lives through challenge prizes? See our case studies here.

Mayor’s Resilience Fund

Calling on innovators to work with resilience partners to tackle London’s biggest challenges in order to emerge stronger from COVID-19.

£1M | Finalists announced May 2021

Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize 2020

Teams of 11-16 year olds across the UK will answer: How can you use technology to create an app, product or service that will make the world a better place?

£40k | Winners announced July 2021

Rapid Recovery Challenge

Improving access to jobs and money in the wake of COVID-19

£2.8m | Ends Sept 2021

Global Surgical Training Challenge

Low-cost, open-source surgery simulation training modules

$5 million | Ends Dec 2022

Longitude Prize

Developing a point–of–care diagnostic test that will conserve antibiotics

£8 million | Open for applications | Ends 2022

We have awarded £12.5 million

in Challenge Prizes since 2010

Flying High Challenge

Shaping the future of urban drone use in the UK to meet local needs.

This project started in December 2017 and is ongoing.

Million Cool Roofs Challenge

Accelerating access to affordable, sustainable cooling through rapid deployment of cool roof materials.

$2 million | Ends late 2021

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The Changing World of Work


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The future of challenge prizes

The government’s ambitious plans to boost science and innovation are a golden opportunity for bold, game-changing investments.

What have we done so far?

£12.5 million

awarded in Challenge Prizes since 2010


different industries are currently involved in Challenge Prizes


Prize applications in the last 8 years