Enabling Better Health through Artificial Intelligence (AI-Better Health)

Bridging the gap between the promise and the reality of better health for Albertans through the use of artificial intelligence.

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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Active
Business Area: Health Platforms
Priority Area(s): Bridging the gap between the promise and the reality of better health for Albertans through the use of artificial intelligence.


Program Status: Active
Alberta-based: Yes
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Government or Public Entity
Multi-National Enterprise
Small to Medium Enterprise


Alberta has great potential to become a leader in data-driven and data-enabled innovation through the application of artificial intelligence to enable better health. The objectives of the AI-Better Health Program are to:

  • Understand the innovation required to address data quality, access, and privacy issues facing the implementation of AI technology to enable better health.
  • Elucidate the technical enablers and human factors (i.e. policy, reimbursement, accountability) for the responsible deployment of AI towards enabling better health.
  • Identify the ethical, regulatory, legal, and societal implications to be addressed for intelligently designing AI solutions that enable better health.
  • Define ancillary factors and elements (e.g., stakeholder requirements) for development, adoption, implementation, and/or commercialization of AI technologies that will enable better health.

The AI-Better Health Program will provide individual project funding up to a maximum of $800,000 over 3 years.

It is expected this Program will strengthen Alberta’s reputation as an international AI leader while demonstrating how artificial intelligence can drive healthcare transformation.

Informational Webinar

For more information on the Enabling Better Health through Artificial Intelligence (AI-Better Health) funding program, attend the informational webinar on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM MDT. Register here.


The AI-Better Health Program is open to applicants at Alberta-based post-secondary institutions, for-profit organizations (SMEs), government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. All applicants are required to include key opinion leaders across healthcare and government for collaborative research projects that address critical issues for enabling better health through artificial intelligence.

Applications must be aligned to one or more eligible theme areas:

  1. Data: Addressing challenges (technical and/or human factors) associated with data access and quality, model training and accuracy, and the integration of disparate data sets towards complex areas of precision medicine, preventative health care, and social determinants of health
  2. Development: Understanding and addressing critical elements for artificial intelligence to enable better health, including ethical, privacy, legal, policy, and societal requirements. These non-technical (or, human factor) elements are vital to address for the responsible implementation of artificial intelligence.
  3. Efficiency: Applying artificial intelligence towards increasing health system efficiency, including non-clinical process improvement, decision making, care provision, workforce scheduling and assistance (e.g., free text abstraction)
  4. Point-of-Care: Utilizing artificial intelligence to support a learning health system, including timely and informed decision making, change management, talent management, and adoption.

Full details on eligibility can be found in the Program Guidelines.

How To Apply

  1. Contact the Program Contact listed near the bottom of the page to assess project alignment with the goals of this Program.
  2. Review and familiarize yourself with the Program Guide
  3. Create an account on SmartSimple, the online application portal
  4. Access, complete, and submit your Full Proposal on SmartSimple.

Evaluation Process

All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with the AI-Better Health Program objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates staff and external expert reviewers are engaged to evaluate Applications.

Alberta Innovates evaluates submitted Applications to the AI-Better Health Program based on merit, potential to realize socioeconomic benefits, relevance and impact to the health and well-being of Albertans.

Alberta Innovates retains the sole right to determine the evaluation process and assessment criteria and does not disclose the names of its reviewers to ensure their objectivity and impartiality. Internal and external parties involved in the evaluation are subject to confidentiality and conflict-of-interest policies set by Alberta Innovates. All investment decisions are at the sole discretion of Alberta Innovates.

Program Contact

Ryan Mercer, PhD

Director, Clinical Research Innovation

Closed Intakes

Enabling Better Health through Artificial Intelligence (AI-Better Health) - Intake

The AI-Better Health Program will accept applications from October 2, 2023, until Friday, November 24, 2023, at 4:00 PM MST. Open to eligible Alberta-based applicants.


Registration closed: November 24, 2023 12:00 am

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