Healthcare Innovation Grant

Grant details

Purpose: To support ideas to develop and introduce innovation focussed on delivering even better healthcare at Barts Health hospitals. Ideas should be aligned with hospital strategies and long-term plans and aim to deliver an enduring change, both at Barts Health and within the wider health system.
Level of funding: £50,000 - £500,000
Duration of funding: Up to 3 years

What we are looking for

This funding is aimed at Barts Health staff who wish to deliver innovative and cutting-edge initiatives that will make a large difference locally and could contribute to change in the wider healthcare sector. Simply tell us how your idea or initiative will make a difference to a hospital service, department or patient group and how it aligns with the hospital’s plans.

In addition, we would like you to demonstrate how the idea could lead to an enduring change and be supported in the longer term, and see a plan for how you will promote outcomes and achievements both locally and in the wider healthcare sector. You should contact your hospital executive board to discuss support of your idea or initiative.

In assessing applications we'll look at:

  • The feasibility and level of innovation of proposed work in relation to the challenge and context
  • The potential impact, benefits and longer-term support
  • Plans for dissemination of the work supported and its outcomes
  • The level of stakeholder engagement and support from an applicant’s Hospital Executive Board, relevant Clinical Boards and the Group Executive Board as applicable

Who can apply

You must hold a post at a Barts Health NHS Trust hospital for the duration of the grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators - the lead applicant must hold a post at a Barts Health NHS Trust hospital. Co-applicants and collaborators may be external to Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. However, in these situations, a strong case must be made for why the expertise required cannot be provided from Barts Health NHS Trust or Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

In addition to the main applicant, an application can include a maximum of 3 co-applicants. We do not have an upper limit on either internal or external collaborators.

What we offer

Please see the Barts Charity grants cost policy for what types of cost can be requested.

How to apply

We have two calls for Healthcare Delivery Innovation grants a year. You are required to complete an Expression of Interest form and email it to our Grants Team to see if the proposal fits the remit of the scheme. If it fits, you will be invited to submit a preliminary application via our online application form. Our Grants Committee triages preliminary applications.

If applicants are invited to submit a full application, we will send a link to our online application form, along with the relevant endorsement documents. You should ensure the application is fully costed and agreed by the Barts Health NHS Trust Finance Office and has the necessary sign-off and full cost considered. We recommend you discuss your application with your Head of Department or Senior Leadership before application and seek Hospital Executive Board and Clinical Board approval as appropriate.

Key dates for our Healthcare Innovation Grants scheme

Latest for receipt of Expression of Interest

Preliminary application deadline

Full application deadline

Committee meeting

19 July 2019

30 August 2019

25 Nov 2019

Spring 2020

25 Feb 2020

8 April 2020

22 July 2020

Autumn 2020

1 July 2020

30 August 2020

25 Nov 2020

Spring 2021

Dependent on the number of applications received it may be necessary for an application to reach a later Committee date than that noted above. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks after the Committee meeting.

Funding decision and review

The Barts Charity Grants Committee makes the funding decision on Healthcare Delivery Innovation applications. The Grants Committee are supported by assessment and recommendations from external peer-review. You can provide a rebuttal to external peer-review comments on your application before Grants Committee consideration.

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