The Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

Funding and support for promising AI technologies

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Care Award aims to benefit patients by combining the power of artificial intelligence with the expertise of the NHS to improve health and care outcomes.

The Award is making £140 million available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of technologies most likely to meet the aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Four levels of award are available to support AI solutions from initial feasibility to evaluation within NHS and social care settings.

The Award is a competitive process run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Each round of the Award will support different categories of technology to address clinical and patient need.

The AI in Health and Care Award will increase the impact of AI systems to help solve both clinical and operational challenges across the NHS. It will speed up the most promising technologies through the regulatory process by building an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of artificial intelligence in health and care.

The winners of the competition for the first award were announced on 8 September 2020. We received over 530 applications and a total of 42 awards were made across the four phases. We are now working with the winners to consider:

  • site selection: matching appropriate healthcare services to support the testing each product.
  • evaluation: ensuring appropriate evidence is collected to enable future roll-out of the AI innovation.

The second competition closed on 8 December 2020. We received more than 350 applications. Shortlisting will be completed in the new year and the winning technologies will be announced in May 2021.

How to apply

The Award is open to any artificial intelligence (AI) technology. There are four Phases you can apply to, which support innovations at different stages of development. While any technology that helps meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan will be considered, for Phases 3 and 4 we particularly encourage applications in the following focus areas to apply: triage, imaging, screening, and intelligent operational automation. Full details can be found on the AAC’s website.