18th October, 2019

NHS trusts can apply for a share of up to £50M grant funding to scale up digital pathology, radiology and AI capabilities in England. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will work with Innovate UK to invest up to £50M in capital-only projects. Centres will be expected to secure additional funding from industry.

This programme builds on the existing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) investment in centres of excellence in digital pathology, imaging and AI. This funding will accelerate and scale-up the work of the English centres and strengthen their partnerships with NHS trusts. It will enable the flow of accessible data for use in research and the development of AI diagnostics technology. The aims of this competition are to:

  • Modernise diagnostic services
  • Spread the existing centres of excellence into an expanded network of NHS trusts in England
  • Support research to improve diagnosis and deliver precision treatments

Proposals must show how you will use this funding to improve workflow efficiencies in pathology and/or radiology.

Only NHS trusts associated with the lead of the four current centres of excellence in England can lead an application. Only NHS trusts in England are eligible to receive funding.

See full details of the funding here; the deadline for applications is 20 November.

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