exploring the frontiers of bioscience

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group takes our Founder’s enduring quest to understand the mysteries of bioscience to a global scale—beyond the science happening within the labs of the Allen Institute—by directing funding to researchers conducting cutting-edge science around the world. Our team is in continuous dialogue with scientists and visionaries in all areas of bioscience, constantly seeking the novel ideas and emerging fields where an early investment could have the power to make a difference for humankind. 

The Frontiers Group encourages new ways of doing science, nurtures breakthroughs, and fosters a creative community built on a shared passion for discovery.

Landscape perspective

We seek the people and approaches at the edges of scientific exploration. We convene scientists and visionaries to identify the fields on the cusp of breakthroughs and generate ideas that will spur new directions in bioscience.  

Funding new ideas

To accelerate discoveries, we encourage new approaches to address established scientific questions. We invest in investigators and centers who are gamechangers in their respective fields – innovators who are breaking down walls with the newest technologies and methodologies. 

Building Connections

At Frontiers Group events, we bring together our community of creative thinkers and seekers, sparking conversations and collaborations that span disciplines. Our awardees become part of a network of like-minded pioneers who support and challenge each other in their efforts to tackle the biggest questions in bioscience. 

News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group

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Old age changes the way blood accesses the brain

July 7, 2020

A new study in mice shows that contrary to longstanding dogma, blood proteins easily cross into the brain, but transport machinery breaks down with age

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Scientists are working on a face mask that detects coronavirus

April 23, 2020

Q&A with James Collins, Ph.D., a bioengineer who is developing a diagnostic face mask that signals if the wearer is infected with COVID-19