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The AI Skin Cancer Consortium, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP), Scottish Government are hosting the AI Dermatology Open Innovation Challenge. The challenge is now open for applications until 11 am UK time, 19 May 2023. Organisations can apply for a share of £500,000 inclusive of VAT, over the 2 phases of the competition.

This challenge will provide an opportunity for companies to enhance or refine existing AI algorithms developed using healthcare data, for testing in redesigned community to hospital referral pathways. This will lead to accelerated detection and diagnosis of skin cancer and better use of constrained healthcare resources.


The Consortium seeks organisations who wish to improve the diagnostic ability of their AI.

Companies will be expected to understand the performance of their algorithm prior to the challenge. A successful outcome for projects would be the ability to improve performance using the new dermatology Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard.

The specific use case for these algorithms is the stream of potential skin cancer referrals from primary to secondary care.

To be successful you should:

  • have an algorithm that has been developed for potential skin cancer referrals from primary to secondary care
  • detail how you will work with the identified test bed and academic research partner by delivering R&D services to develop your solution in preparation for integration into clinical practice and work towards product approval across UK health systems
  • set out a plan to work towards necessary approval in all the UK health systems
  • demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results including plans to achieve regulatory compliance where required.


Watch a short video to learn more about the project.

Apply for the open call, by 19 May 2023, on the official websitewhich details the financing available if successful.



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