Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts

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What Is It?

The Accelerating Innovations into CarE – Concepts Program serves to accelerate early-stage health research and innovation that demonstrates high commercial potential in priority areas of precision health.

Alberta Innovates Client Journey and a Health Innovation Pathway1

AICE-Concepts enables innovators to advance their client journey across four commercialization domains for health innovation:

  • Product Development,  
  • Business Readiness, 
  • Product-Market Fit, and  
  • Regulatory Compliance.

Priority Areas

This call is seeking to apply computational technologies or techniques to realize personalized health benefits in the following priority areas:

  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Digital Therapeutics

Precision health approaches are being globally applied to optimize clinical decisions and maximize health benefits for individuals across the care continuum.

Early approaches examined the relationship between a single clinical marker and a disease for an individual. Though this reductive approach has proven to be effective in some cases, it is increasingly limited due to complex biological, social, and environmental factors influencing individual health needs. The rapid emergence and application of computational tools have enabled precision health research to overcome the limits of a reductionist approach.

Network medicine or network-based approaches is a leading example of system level precision health that interrogates interaction networks using computational tools.

Benefits 

Applicants who participate in the program can expect the following  outcomes:

  • Advance along the health innovation pathway, progressing across the four commercialization domains related to product-market fit, business readiness, regulatory compliance, and product development.
  • Contribute to Alberta’s growing and globally competitive digital health economy.

Eligibility

Projects must:

  • Be led by an Alberta-based post-secondary institution, government health authority, or small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • Apply a computational technology or technique to address at least one clearly defined clinical problem that is relevant to the precision health priority areas of this call, as stated in the previous section. Network-based precision health approaches will be prioritized.
  • Address at least two health innovation domains within the health innovation cycle.

See program guide for full details. 

Funding

STREAM 1 – Post-secondaries or government health authority:

Alberta Innovates will contribute up to $600,000 CAD to support approved projects for a maximum term of 36 months.*

STREAM 2 – SMEs:

Alberta Innovates will contribute up to $200,000 CAD to support approved projects for a maximum term of 24 months.*

*Applicants can only apply to a single stream.

Application Process

  1. Application registration – deadline: June 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM MT. Complete the non-confidential summary tab and save a draft via online application portal. Important: Any drafts without a completed non-confidential summary section by the registration deadline will be removed and unable to apply. *Note for new users: If you are new to our application portal, then you will have to first create a user account (i.e., account registration) and then register your application.

  2. Full applicationdeadline: September 1, 2022 at 4:00 PM MT. Complete the application via online application portal.

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Investments

2022 Recipients of AICE-Concepts

2021 Recipients of AICE-Concepts