Creating a network of digital pathology, imaging and AI centres
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 UKRI are looking to fund consortia with a strong industry focus, with a track record of building partnerships and working with companies.