exploring the frontiers of bioscience

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group takes our Founder’s enduring quest to understand the mysteries of bioscience at a global scale—beyond the science happening within the labs of the Allen Institute—by identifying and advancing 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. 

Through funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 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.  

Supporting new ideas

To accelerate discoveries, we encourage new approaches to address established scientific questions. We make a commitment 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. The 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


Sped-up evolution may have molded the human brain by slowing neuron growth

September 9, 2021

Quickly evolving stretches of DNA unique to humans are important for brain development, a new study finds


Kathy Richmond | Science in Sixty

May 5, 2021

Kathryn Richmond, Senior Director of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, is looking for the best ideas out there to change how we think about biology and accelerate discovery.


Your life history is written in your cells' mutations

April 13, 2021

New study traces developmental history of the human body using small differences in DNA between each of our cells