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AI Health and Care Award - call for applications

4 February 2020


Funding for AI technologies that promise to transform healthcare

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health and Care Award has been launched, with £140 million available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies that meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative in partnership with NHSX (the digital, data and technology organisation for the NHS) and the National Institute for Health Research

The Award will support AI technologies across the spectrum of development, from initial feasibility to evaluation within clinical pathways in the NHS and social care settings, to the point that they could be nationally commissioned. Key areas of focus include:

  • screening
  • diagnosis
  • decision support
  • system efficiency

Applications may be submitted by an SME, an NHS Trust or service provider or a Higher Education Institution.

Funding calls
Competitions will be run at least twice yearly through an open process to identify appropriate AI technologies. See the dates for the funding competitions.

The first call of the AI Health and Care Award is now open to applications.

A series of webinars are being held for applicants to call 1, to address queries about the AI Award and application process. The dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 4 February, 11:00 - 12:00 - join here
  • Tuesday 11 February, 11:00 - 12:00 - join here
  • Tuesday 18 February, 11:00 - 12:00 - join here
  • Tuesday 25 February, 11:00 - 12:00 - join here

How to apply?
Phases 1-3 are run in a two stage application process. At stage 1, a simple Expression of Interest form needs to be completed, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal at stage 2. To find out more, see the applicant guidance for Phase 1-3.

Phase 4 is run in one stage. See the applicant guidance for Phase 4 to find out more.

Applicants can submit a pre-submission engagement form for guidance on remit and eligibility before official submission. This is non-mandatory and purely aimed at helping potential applicants to engage with the requirements of the competition.

Applications should be submitted online through the Research Management System.

The Award call closes 13:00 on 4 March 2020.

For additional information and enquiries, contact enquiries@ai-award.info.