Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award 2020 Call for Applications

About the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC)
The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) was formed in response to the independently-chaired Accelerated Access Review. The remit of the AAC is to bring industry, government and the NHS together to remove barriers to uptake of innovations, so that NHS patients have faster access to innovations that can transform care. The AAC supports innovation at all stages across the development pipeline: from research and horizon scanning for innovations that address the population’s needs, to support for adoption and spread of proven innovations.
The AAC aims to establish a globally leading testing infrastructure that provides the necessary opportunities for innovators to develop and improve their products, collaborate with the NHS, and establish the high-quality evidence that clinicians need for adoption and spread. The AAC Delivery Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement delivers practical innovation support funding in line with Her Majesty’s Government’s health innovation funding strategy.
2. About NHSX and the Artificial Intelligence Lab
NHSX is the digital, data and technology organisation for the NHS, bringing together teams from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement. As noted in the Artificial Intelligence: How to get it right report by NHSX, as the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for health and social care is at an early stage of development, there is considerable uncertainty around the likely benefits and the best way of integrating AI into existing pathways into care.
In August 2019 the Health Secretary announced funding of £250m over three years for the formation of an NHS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab to develop and adopt the technologies that are most promising for health and social care.
AI, including models based on statistical analysis, expert systems that rely on if-then statements and ‘locked’ or ‘adaptive’ machine learning, has the potential to make a significant difference to health and care. The AI Lab has been established to ensure the NHS is harnessing these benefits in a safe and ethical fashion that is supported by patients, the public and clinicians. As stated in the AI report, securing clinical understanding that AI will be used to supplement, and not replace human clinical decision-making is essential, as is realistic expectations of what AI technologies have to offer.
Given the ethical and safety concerns associated with the use of AI in health and care, the AI Lab will align to the principles of the NHS Constitution, addressing transparency, safety and privacy by building on the foundations already laid out, for example in the NHS Code of Conduct for Data-Driven Health and Care Technologies. The AI Lab will address barriers to adoption and development of AI, including an AI SWAT team, Skunkworks, Regulation Incubator, the Accelerating of Diseases programme, the Disease Clusters AI programme and an AI in Health and Care Award (AI Award). The AAC Delivery Team will lead delivery of the AI Award, working with NHSX and relevant AAC partners.

How to apply
Application materials will be available on the AAC website. Prior to submitting their completed application to the AI Award, applicants should also complete the Digital Assessment Questions (DAQ) to assess if their AI technology would meet these standards. The DAQs application form can be accessed online.
If you have any questions, please email
The deadline for completed applications is 13:00 on 4 March 2020.


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Published on: 30 January 2020
Last Updated On: 30 January 2020