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 four years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of technologies most likely to meet the aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The AI in Health and Care Award is increasing the impact of AI systems in helping to solve both clinical and operational challenges across the NHS, including reducing waiting times, improving early diagnosis and saving staff time. 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.

AI Award innovation examples

The Award is one of the programmes of the NHS AI Lab at NHSX and is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Each round of the Award supports technologies at different levels of maturity, targeting health and care improvements where they are needed most, by both patients and NHS staff.

Award rounds

Round 3 of the AI in Health and Care Award closed on 7 September 2021. Winners are due to be announced in spring 2022.

Round 4 will open later in 2022. For more information about the application process please visit the Award pages on the NIHR website.

How to apply

To find out about new competition dates and to make an application, visit the NIHR website.

The Award is open to any artificial intelligence (AI) technology. You can apply to different phases of award, supporting innovations at different stages of development.

While any technology that helps meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan will be considered, as we continue to build a pipeline of AI solutions across the various phases of the award, we intend to begin focusing on the areas that demonstrate current national priorities for AI in health and social care:

  • Self-management of long-term conditions
  • Diagnostic support
  • Improving operational/system efficiency
  • Supporting elective recovery

Since the first round winners were announced in September 2020, 80 AI technologies have been awarded a share of around £90 million. 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.

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