NIHR: Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

The AI in Health and Care Award will deploy £140m over four years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies that meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. The award supports AI technologies across the spectrum of development, from initial feasibility to evaluation within clinical pathways in the NHS and social care settings, to the point that they could be nationally commissioned. Interested? Feel free to contact us.


Competition closes: 6th September 2021, 1pm

Applicants notified: 18th October 2021

Stage 2 deadline (if invited): 22nd November 2021 – with outcome Feb 2022

Project duration: Typically 12-36 months.


Your project must align with one of the following phases (2-4)

  • Phase 2 is intended to develop and evaluate prototypes of demonstration units and generate early clinical safety and efficacy data.
  • Phase 3 is intended to support first real-world testing in health and social care settings to develop further evidence of efficacy and preliminary proof of effectiveness, including evidence for routes to implementation to enable more rapid adoption.
  • Phase 4 is intended to identify medium stage AI technologies that have market authorisation but insufficient evidence to merit large-scale commissioning or deployment. We will support testing and evaluation of these technologies within routine clinical or operational pathways to determine efficacy or accuracy, and clinical and economic impact.

Key themes:

  • Health promotion and prevention
    • Digital epidemiology and disease surveillance
    • National screening programmes
    • Preventative advice
    • Self-management
  • Diagnosis and treatment
    • Symptoms checkers and decision support for differential diagnosis
    • Risk stratification
    • Prediction of deterioration
    • Personalised treatments
  • System efficiency
    • Optimisation of care pathways
    • Identification of resource requirements
    • Electronic roster system
    • Natural Language Processing for administrative tasks


  • Applications may be submitted by a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME), an NHS or social care organisation or service provider, a higher education institution, charity or local authority. Additionally, for Phases 3 and 4, the call is open to large enterprises.
  • Payments will be made to the contracted organisation only and the contracted organisation will be responsible for passing on any money due to their partner organisation

Funding Rates

  • 100% of direct costs will be funded
  • Award amounts are uncapped (any amount can be requested but must be reasonably justified).

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