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Creating a network of digital pathology, imaging and AI centres

Posted on 07/06/2018

Up to £50 million is available to establish centres of excellence in digital pathology and/or medical imaging with artificial intelligence (AI).

As part of the delivery of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in data to early diagnosis and precision medicine, Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £50 million. This is to establish a network of 5 to 6 centres of excellence, across the UK, in digital pathology and/or medical imaging, including radiology. The centres must use digital systems and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve diagnosis and deliver precision treatments.

As radiology and medical imaging is already digitised, bids in this area should look for significant added value from digital systems, enhanced analytics and AI. Applicants may wish to consider the design, development, evaluation and adoption of clinical decision support systems – evaluating, for example, new patient care pathways and providing clinicians with improved tools that will support precision medicine. These elements can also form part of a digital pathology bid (especially in combination with radiology/imaging).

For both digital pathology and imaging/radiology they are looking to fund consortia with a strong industry focus, with a track record of building partnerships and working with companies.

As part of the application process, the shortlisted consortia will be invited for interview on the 17th and 18th September 2018. Please note, that for consortia invited to interview, the number of people that each consortium can bring has been increased from 4 to 5.

The competition closes on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at 12:00pm. For more information please visit the competition page here.

Briefing Event, 15th June 2018, London

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), on behalf of UK Research & Innovation, will be holding a briefing event for this competition at the Ambassador Bloomsbury Hotel in London on the 15th June 2018. On the day, information on the scope of the competition will be provided together with instructions on how to apply. For those attending in person there will also be networking opportunities. To register for the briefing event please click here.

Not able to attend? Register to watch the webcast

The briefing event will also be streamed live on the KTN You Tube Channel. Please register here to join the webcast.

Useful links:

*  Competition page

*  Briefing Event, 15th June 2018, London

*  Briefing Event Webcast, 15th June 2018, online