NIHR AI & Multiple long-term conditions (AIM) research call


The £23m Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (Multimorbidity) call (AIM) is due to launch in late spring/early summer 2020. This call will support research to spearhead the use of advanced data science and AI methods, combined with existing methodology and expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease and trajectories to develop insights for the prevention, identification, management and treatment of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

 The draft research specification for the NIHR AI & Multiple Long-term conditions (AIM) call is now available online. We have published the specification in draft format as we are interested in getting feedback from the AI and health and care research communities, as well as wider stakeholders, on the scope and remit of the call. We plan to finalise the specification and formally launch the call in June 2020; the deadline for stage 1 applications will be in September 2020. We will be running a series of engagement and networking events over the summer – more information and the registration form is available here. The first online engagement event is taking place on 19th May.

  • This new £23m call will generate a pipeline of data science and artificial intelligence translational research projects to understand and map clusters of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity).
  • The call will support research collaborations and partnerships between leading academic institutions, health and care researchers, AI experts, and practitioners.
  • To support the projects funded through this call, a Research Support Function will be commissioned (£3m) and will focus on the delivery of centralised AI and advanced data science support; and capacity and capability building among the research workforce. The Research Support Function will be a consortium of organisations that can provide core technical, methodological and practical support to successful applicants; and help facilitate a network of researchers working on multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity). We are also seeking feedback on how this function can best help to support research into multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity).
  • This call aims to grow capacity and capability for multi-disciplinary working in multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) for the benefit of patients, practitioners and the public.

 Research Collaborations of up to £2.5m will be funded for up to 30 months.  Applicants who are interested in applying but need more time and resources to develop a competitive proposal, may apply for a preparatory Development Grant of up to £150k for 9 months.

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