The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It will make £140million available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Award will support technologies across the spectrum of development: from initial feasibility to evaluation within the NHS. Initially, it will focus on four key areas: screening, diagnosis, decision support and improving system efficiency.
The AI Award is part of the £250 million funding given by the Department for Health and Social Care to NHSX to establish an AI Lab aimed at improving the health and lives of patients
The Award forms a key part of the AAC’s ambition to establish a globally leading testing infrastructure for innovation in the UK.
A call for applications for the Award will run at least twice a year through an open competition to identify appropriate AI technologies for support into the NHS.
The first Award launch date and call for applications is 28 January 2020. A second call will be launched in summer this year.
The application process for the first competition is open from 28 January 2020 and closes at 1.00pm on 4 March 2020. Applicants will be able to identify which phase they should apply for using the self-assessment criteria included in the Call for Applications document. Apply here for the AI Health and Care Award.
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