The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is backing five new technology centres

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Artificial Intelligence is high on the UK Government’s agenda. Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced that five new technology centres will be built offering treatments using advanced medical AI. The centres will be funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.


What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund?

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is the UK Government’s flagship investment programme which is addressing the challenges and opportunities which come with advancing technology.

The fund aims to “strengthen UK science and business innovation and take on the biggest challenges that society and industries face today”.


New centres

The medical sector wants to work with innovative SMEs that will help it to answer clinical questions and “solve healthcare challenges more quickly and efficiently”. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Artificial Intelligence will play a crucial role in the future of the NHS – and we need to embrace it by introducing systems which can speed up diagnoses, improve patient outcomes, make every pound go further and give clinicians more time with their patients.”

One of the centres will be Glasgow’s I-CAIRD (Industrial Centre for AI Research in Digital Diagnostics). This will become a hub, bringing clinicians, health planners and industry together.

Other centres will be based in London, Oxford, Leeds and Coventry.


IT tender opportunities in the UK

The Government wants to build a Britain which is fit for the future and to achieve this it is investing in the IT industry. Artificial Intelligence is just one aspect which the Government aims to improve – the IT tenders available are extremely varied.

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