Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts

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What Is It?

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

AICE-Concepts enables innovators to accelerate their journey across four domains of commercialization:

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

Health Innovation Cycle1 and the Alberta Innovates Client Journey

[1] Adapted from the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) – Guidance and Impact Tracking System (GAITS) for Digital Medicine. https://www.gaits.org/ja/.

Priority Areas

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

  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis

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 has 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 cycle, progressing across the four commercialization domains related to product-market fit, business readiness, regulatory compliance, and product development.
  • Contribute to Alberta’s robust and globally competitive health care system.

Eligibility

Projects must:

  • Be led by an Alberta-based post-secondary institution or government health authority;
  • 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

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

Application Process

  1. Application registration – deadline: June 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM MST. 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) then register your application.
  2. Applicationdeadline: September 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM MST. Complete the application via online application portal.

Application Resources

Additional Supports & Resources

  • Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Market Access Program – program that provides supports small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and real-world testing sites in carrying out implementation projects or clinical trials of innovative health technologies.
  • Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate Program – supports Alberta’s innovators along their journey in developing digital and data-enabled health technology from committing to validating. 
  • ImplementAB.digH – ImplementAB.digH supports Alberta-based healthcare delivery organizations in carrying out health technology assessments and feasibility studies of novel, commercially available digital health innovations. The Program provides a novel platform for healthcare practitioners and decision-makers to test digital health solutions and achieve health system economic value for Alberta. 
  • Health Innovation Platform Partnerships  – The Health Innovation Platform Partnerships program seeks to build a health innovation ecosystem that is robust, coordinated, and a competitive advantage for Alberta innovators in the health industry. 
  • Alberta Innovates, Entrepreneurial Investments – Alberta Innovates offers a variety of related high-demand, entrepreneurial investment programs that are of interest to SMEs.
  • Alberta Innovates Technology Development Advisors – provide front-line business coaching and technology development advice to small & medium size enterprises in technology or knowledge-based industries.
  • Regional Innovation Networks – entrepreneur-centric, community-based networks with the goal of providing programs and services to accelerate growth of technology and knowledge-based businesses in Alberta jurisdictions.

Past Results

2021 Recipients of AICE-Concepts