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Announcing the Longevity Prize

This series of prizes honors and accelerates rejuvenation research.

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The Longevity Prize is a series of prizes designed to honor the researchers who are helping to build a future in which age-related diseases are a thing of the past. This new initiative aims to accelerate progress in the rejuvenation biotechnology field and encourage innovation.

While great strides in our understanding of aging have been made in the last decade, there is still a lot we do not know and much work to be done. There has been some amazing progress made, but solving aging is the most challenging endeavor that humankind has ever faced.

There are more and more rejuvenation companies entering the arena to take on this challenge, but the clock is ticking for us all. The Longevity Prize aims to provide researchers with an incentive to develop novel approaches to bring aging under medical control, thus providing longer, healthier lives for all.

Longevity Prize is doing something different

Unlike traditional funding and prize models where researchers are given a fixed amount of money to focus on a specific goal, the Longevity Prize aims to do something different. By creating a series of prizes, the goal is to create a rising tide of research proposals, experiments, and collaborations.

Because the Longevity Prize is free from the traditional systems of funding, this means that more ambitious projects have the potential to receive attention. Risk aversion is a huge problem in normal funding, so this initiative helps to address that by supporting undervalued or overlooked projects.

The first round of prizes totals $180k and was fundraised through Gitcoin. Community donations were matched by VitaDAO, Vitalik Buterin, and Stefan George.

The first prize to be announced is the Hypothesis Prize.

Over a century of all the world’s biological knowledge is available to anyone taking the time to read the literature. There are cases where key discoveries are made in the past, but forgotten for long periods of time – only to be rediscovered. The hypothesis prize aims to resurface such discoveries and research areas, focusing our attention on the most promising directions.

Normally, researchers can only start experiments when they successfully get the funds to begin. The first round aims to combat this problem by giving out prizes based on hypothesis generation that will then help to shape the second and subsequent prize rounds that follow.

After more than a century of research, the literature is filled with hidden gems and forgotten knowledge. Most of this knowledge is available to anyone to read, and there are plenty of cases where discoveries are forgotten for decades only to be found again years later.

Longevity Prize would love to hear from you

Do you have a suggestion for an underappreciated area of aging research that deserves some attention? Perhaps you have read the scientific literature and can explain why a particular area of research needs more focus?

You can submit a proposal (1-3 pages max) for consideration and could win a prize of up to 20k. Finalists will be invited to present their proposal to the judges. Excellent proposals will be moved to the next phase, where they will be eligible for follow-on funding.

Lifespan.io is proud to be part of this awesome initiative alongside VitaDAO, Foresight Institute, and the Methuselah Foundation.

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About the author

Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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