A £140million artificial intelligence (AI) award has been announced by the NHS, aimed at bringing world leading innovation into the health care system.

MedCity is delighted by the announcement this week that the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Award will make £140million available over three years. The award is being run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and aims to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies in line with the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The funding 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 NHS AI Lab launched in August 2019, created with the goal of working to solve some of the biggest challenges faced by the health care system including earlier cancer detection, uncovering of new treatments, and reducing the workload burden on NHS staff. 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 call for applications for the first Award is now open and a second call will be launched in summer this year.

The application process for the first competition opened on 28 January 2020 and closes at 1.00pm on 4 March 2020. Find out more here.

AI Event – 3 February 2020

Are you an SME, healthcare provider or higher education institution interested in developing, testing or rolling out your AI solution? Are you involved in supporting the development and implementation of innovations in the NHS or social care settings?

The Accelerated Access Collaborative, NHSX and NIHR are holding an AI Event in London on 3 February to provide information about opportunities and support available to AI innovators and technologies at all stages of development.

Come to the event to find out more about the most recent developments and upcoming opportunities, hear about the experience of an SME developing an AI product in the NHS, and find out about organisations such as the AHSNs that can support collaborations. In addition, there will be the opportunity for networking and establishing new connections. The event is free of charge, but there is limited availability of places. Refreshments will be served.

Book your place here

Webinars – A series of webinars are being organised to provide more information to potential applicants:

Initial information session: 31 January 2020, 11-12.00 Join here
Applicant Webex: 4 February 2020, 11:00-12:00 Join here
Applicant Webex: 11 February 2020, 11:00-12:00 Join here
Applicant Webex: 18 February 2020, 11:00-12:00 Join here
Applicant Webex: 25 February 2020, 11:00-12:00 Join here

Innovators interested in applying for the AI in Health and Care Award are encouraged to talk to their regional AHSN for advice and support. Find your nearest AHSN on our Innovation Exchange digital gateway here.

MedCity provides a front door to the NHS ecosystem – if you need support navigating the system or would like further advice or information, contact us at communications@medcityhq.com.