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

Press Release

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group Names New Allen Distinguished Investigators

November 6, 2019

Five new awardees will embark on stem cell and tissue research with the potential to impact human health

News

A computational challenge to help developmental biology

October 1, 2019

Q&A with the scientists and organizers behind a new competition to use machine learning to reconstruct an entire animal’s developmental lineage

Event

Hindsight 2020 - The Allen Institute Developmental Recording Symposium

March 3, 2020

Join us for a conference on the topic of developmental recording and cell lineages, co-chaired by Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D. and Michael Elowitz, Ph.D. of the Allen Discovery Center at UW Medicine.