The a2 Collective represents the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories (AITC) for Aging Research program, which is dedicated to helping Americans live longer, healthier lives through the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies.
NIA has earmarked $40M over the next 5 years to fund promising AI technology pilot projects that seek to improve care and health outcomes for older Americans, including persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). Successful projects may be selected for multi-year commitments and be more competitive for follow-on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. Pilot awardees may also receive access to the study sites, datasets, and resources at each AITC as well as mentorship from industry and university experts, major health care systems, and venture capitalists.
The a2 Collective is currently hosting the second annual a2 Pilot Awards, a national pilot project competition seeking to fund promising technology demonstration projects with a clear path to commercialization, translational milestones, or technology transfer at the intersection of AI and healthy aging and/or AD/ADRD. Private companies, research organizations, tech startups, and traditional NIH/NIA investigators are encouraged to apply. Applications for the second annual a2 Pilot Awards will be accepted from July 1 through August 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.
Preliminary (Round 1) Applications Open:
Jul. 1, 2022
Informational Webinar with AITC Leadership:
Jul. 14, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
Preliminary (Round 1) Applications Deadline:
Aug 15, 2022, 5 p.m. ET
Invited Full (Round 2) Applications Deadline:
Oct 31, 2022, 5 p.m. ET
Formal Awards Anticipated:
America is getting older faster. By 2034, 77 million Americans will be 65 or older. They will make up the largest age demographic in the United States, outnumbering Americans under 18 for the first time ever.
The application of AI technologies will dramatically improve the health and quality of life of our nation’s aging population as well as drive innovation to our healthcare systems. The a2 Collective sits at the intersection of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
The a2 Collective comprises three AITC Collaboratories centered at Johns Hopkins University (JH AITC), the University of Massachusetts Amherst (MassAITC), and the University of Pennsylvania (PennAITech) and a Coordinating Center managed by Rose Li & Associates, Inc. (RLA).
Some of the affiliates of PennAITech, Mass AITC and John Hopkins AITC include:
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