Canadian government investing $25 million in health research projects that use AI


This week, the Canadian government announced the launch of its Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) competition, putting out a call for researchers to apply for funding if they are using AI to solve health challenges.

Over $20 million will support 30 research teams across Canada that are working to address issues such as vision loss, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer.

Approximately $6 million of the total available funds will be targeted to projects that investigate the ethical, legal, and societal impacts associated with the development and spread of AI in the health sector. Social scientists and humanities researchers are encouraged to join research teams applying for funding.

“Our government is committed to improving the health of Canadians by leveraging Canada’s technology, research and development fields,” said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. “The excellent work of our engineers and health scientists continue to push the limits of what we are capable of in our health care systems. Today, the government is also encouraging researchers working in artificial intelligence to apply their knowledge to Canadian health sciences. Congratulations to the recipients of these grants. Your hard work will improve the lives of Canadians for years to come!”

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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