Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award has been launched, with £140 million over 3 years, to fund and accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies, that align to the aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The award is being run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Please Note: Competition 3 is only open to applications from Phases 2, 3 & 4.


Phases 1 and 2 of the award support feasibility, development and clinical evaluation of AI technologies.

Phases 3 and 4 of the award support real world testing, initial systems adoption of AI technologies with market authorisation into the NHS, evaluating the AI technology within clinical or operational pathways to determine efficacy or accuracy and clinical and economic impact.

Phase 1 is intended to show the technical and clinical feasibility of the proposed concept, product or service. Awards are for a maximum of £150,000 over a 6-12 month period.

Phase 2 is intended to develop and evaluate prototypes of demonstration units and generate early clinical safety and efficacy data. Award amounts are uncapped (any amount can be requested but must be reasonably justified), funding awards are per product, typically for 12-36 months.

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. Awards are uncapped (any amount can be requested but must be reasonably justified), funding awards are per product, typically for 12-36 months.

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. Grants are uncapped, funding awards are per technology, typically for 12-36 months.

How to apply?

The AI Award is run as a two stage application process. Shortlisted applicants from stage 1 are invited to submit a full proposal at stage 2. AI Award applicant guidance will be published here shortly.

Phase 4 is run in 1 stage – a full proposal is to be submitted for assessment.

Applications should be submitted online through the PMO Research Management System. You can download an example stage 1 application form to prepare your proposal ahead of submission.


The awards are open, in all Phases, to:

  • SMEs
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • NHS Organisations
  • Charities
  • Local Authorities

For Phase 3-4, Large Enterprises are also eligible to apply.

Collaborative projects are not essential for Phase 1 but are encouraged. For Phase 2-4, projects must be collaborative. Collaborative partners can be from outside of the UK, if there is reasonable justification and a clear trajectory of NHS benefit.

For Phases 1-2, the lead applicant must be a UK organisation.

Phase 3-4 allows Worldwide organisations to be lead applicants, providing they have a UK registered office or a UK health or social care organisation as a co-lead.


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