Artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies are transforming research and healthcare. We want to make sure everyone benefits from health data innovation. To achieve this, we are investing £75 million in a five-year programme on data for science and health.
AI can bring significant opportunities in:
AI projects already receive a significant amount of funding near clinical application. But there are challenges much earlier on in the process and these barriers hinder innovation:
Data, tools, governance, skills and public trust are crucial for unblocking data innovation, but these are often under-valued and neglected. This is where our new programme on data for science and health can have most impact.
We aim to:
Our programme will be global, we want to ensure that low and middle-income countries are able to benefit from innovation with health data. As well as working with partners in the UK, USA and Europe, we will capitalise on Wellcome’s existing footprint, and existing data science capacity in South and Eastern Africa and India.
We already have expertise in funding research and innovation with health data. We can bring a cross-discipline approach to the challenge that includes ethics, advocacy, behavioural change, education and public engagement. We will work in partnership with a wide range of organisations around the world to achieve our aims.
The data for health programme is still in its planning stages so there won’t be any funding calls in the near future.