The a2 Collective represents the 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.
The AITC program has earmarked $40M to fund promising AI technology R&D pilot projects that seek to improve care and health outcomes for older adults, including persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). Pilot awardees may receive access to study sites, datasets, and resources at each AITC, as well as mentorship from industry and university experts, major health care systems, and venture capitalists, and are eligible to apply for $10K in AWS credits. Pilot awardees may also become more competitive for additional SBIR/STTR grant funding.
The AITC program is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
KEY Event DATES
Starting on March 1, 2024, the a2 Collective will be accepting applications for our fourth annual a2 Pilot Awards, a national pilot project competition seeking to provide non-dilutive R&D grant funding to 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.
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 the a2 Collective Coordinating Center managed by Rose Li & Associates, Inc. (RLA).
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