The NIHR invites proposals from current Development Award holders to submit their full Research Collaboration application to wave 2 of the Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM) call.

The Research Collaborations will spearhead the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods to develop insights for the identification and subsequent prevention of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

Research funded through this initiative will use AI and data science methods, combined with expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease. In addition to the identification and mapping of new clusters of disease, the call seeks research to better understand the trajectories of patients with MLTC-M over time and throughout the life course, including the influence of wider determinants such as environmental, behavioural and psychosocial factors.

This competition aims to bring together multi-disciplinary Research Collaborations to build on our existing understanding of disease clusters in people with MLTC-M using ground-breaking AI techniques; and to grow capability for multi-disciplinary working in this crucial research area.

Wave 2 is open for the current Development Award holders to facilitate research collaborations. Existing groups can apply for the full Research Collaboration funding, building on their strong base of multi-disciplinary researchers and bringing on board new disciplines to meet the remit of the call, as required. Awards of £2.5-4m will be available for up to 30 months for a full Research Collaboration in wave 2.

Wave 2 is not open to new Research Collaboration applicants. It is only open to the current Development Award holders.

The deadline for submissions is 5 October 2021 at 1pm.