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Programs & Funding

How does the Frontiers Group fund its ideas, investigators, and centers?

We use two primary funding mechanisms. The Allen Distinguished Investigator program provides three years of funding to individual researchers or small teams with groundbreaking ideas. The Allen Discovery Centers provide larger-scale, longer-term funding to coherent, leadership-driven teams, typically located at major research organizations and universities.  

We also welcome collaborations with other funders, either through similar funding mechanisms or potentially larger, collaborative initiatives.

How does the Frontiers Group create and select projects to fund?

Our landscape perspective and continuous worldwide intelligence gathering spans science, medical and engineering communities, and enables us to select frontier topic areas and proposals we believe will open new territory and make significant impact. Our award process leverages RFP competitions that are either open or by invitation only. We generally do not consider unsolicited proposals. 

We believe talent is everywhere, and we utilize a variety of approaches to surface pioneering approaches and innovative concepts. Our intelligence gathering includes in-person interactions with scientists and institutional leaders everywhere. Our symposia and workshops allow for connecting the dots and sparking new directions among practitioners. And our RFP competitions allow for broader collective wisdom and radical ideas to be made visible. Each of our activities serves a key purpose, and our efforts are integrated to provide us with the agility to remain at the frontier and bring new knowledge to humanity.  

How can I learn about upcoming funding opportunities?

Although our request for proposals are generally by invitation only, you can receive notice of future open competitions by signing up for our newsletter.

What kinds of research have been funded in the past?

Paul Allen maintained a proven track record of finding and funding the next big ideas in technology, business, and science, and the Frontiers Group is proud to build on that legacy. To date, research support for the Allen awardees has led to diverse breakthroughs and ground-breaking outcomes in areas ranging from lineage tracing technology to neurodegeneration.    

Learn more about our past and current Allen Distinguished Investigators and Allen Discovery Centers.

How can I contact The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group?

You can contact The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group via email at frontiers@alleninstitute.org.