Advancing Healthcare Grants
We support Barts Health NHS Trust to develop, pilot and implement innovative healthcare solutions which will lead to long-lasting positive impact.

Level of funding:

  • Advancing Healthcare Grants (Small): From £5,000 to £50,000 for up to 18 months  
  • Advancing Healthcare Grants (Large): From £50,000 to £500,000 for up to 36 months  

Purpose: To support the development, testing, or introduction of healthcare improvement initiatives which will lead to lasting positive impact on the care and experience of patients and/or communities served by the Barts Health NHS Trust. 

What we look for:

All Advancing Healthcare Grant applications are assessed using the same criteria: 

  • Benefit: Clear benefit to patients and/or members of the communities served by Barts Health NHS Trust in terms of clinical outcomes and/or experience. 
  • Originality: Level of originality and/or creativity. Applications proposing the early adoption of new, innovative technologies or initiatives will be considered. 
  • Alignment with Barts Health NHS Trust: Support from relevant management at Barts Health Trust and alignment with the long-term plans of Barts Health Trust and/or the NHS.    
  • Engagement: Engagement with, and involvement of, patients, the public, local services, researchers and/or clinical networks (as appropriate). 
  • Maintainability: Plans and commitment to ensuring the proposed healthcare improvement initiative will lead to lasting positive change, or be introduced on a permanent basis following the potential period of Barts Charity funding. 
  • Suitability: Is Barts Charity is the most suitable funder for this project? 

Through this scheme we will not fund:

  • Basic science and clinical research projects. Please see our Research Funding opportunities.
  • Equipment that is essential to core patient safety and/or care 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of hospital estates and facilities 
  • Initiatives related to staff wellbeing 

Who can apply:

All individuals who are employed by the Barts Health NHS Trust, and will be for the duration of the proposed work, may apply for an Advancing Healthcare grant.  

The Lead Applicant will lead the project if the application is successful. They will submit the form and be the main point of contact with Barts Charity during the application and review process. 

An application may include up to four co-applicants. These individuals can be external to Barts Health NHS Trust, if their expertise is needed for success of the project.  

What we offer:

We understand that healthcare improvement initiatives may vary in size and scope, and as such offer both Advancing Healthcare Small and Large Grants, up to a maximum of £50,000 (over up to 18 months) and £500,000 (over up to 36 months), respectively. 

See the Barts Charity Grants Cost Policy for full details what types of costs can be requested.

How to apply:

Our Funding & Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us if you have any queries.   

Do get in touch if we can support you in the application process by applying reasonable adjustments. All requests will be treated in confidence. 

How to apply:

Our Funding & Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us if you have any queries. 

Do get in touch if we can support you in the application process by applying reasonable adjustments. All requests will be treated in confidence

Before you apply

You must:

  • Discuss your proposal with senior members of your department/service/hospital as appropriate.  
  • Identify a Finance Manager at your hospital who can support you to cost your proposal.  

Preliminary application

  • Complete the online application form. A link to the online application form will be made available here, once the scheme has been launched.  
  • Barts Charity’s Funding & Impact team will check that your application is eligible and suitable for this scheme. We will be in touch if we have any questions.  
    • Advancing Healthcare Grants (Large) only your preliminary application will be reviewed by our Grants Committee  against the criteria above. 

Full application

If you are invited to submit a full application, you will be sent a link to the form which you must complete.  

Your Finance Manager must review your application and submit it to Barts Charity.   

Funding decision and review 

  • Advancing Healthcare Grant (Small) applications  

Funding decisions are taken by Barts Charity. We may approach relevant teams within Barts Health NHS Trust if we need additional input to help us assess your request. 

You can expect an outcome within 8 weeks of the deadline. 

  • Advancing Healthcare Grant (Large) applications 

Stage 1: Peer review

Your application will be sent for external written peer review from experts in your field.   

On the application form you are asked to suggest potential reviewers and exclude researchers who might have a conflict. 

Stage 2: Rebuttal

You will be sent anonymised versions of the peer review reports and asked to provide a written rebuttal to the comments made by the reviewer. 

Stage 3: Grants Committee review 

The Barts Charity Grants Committee will review your application, the peer review and rebuttal and make a final funding decision. 


Advancing Healthcare Small Grant applications  

We welcome applications twice a year for Advancing Healthcare Large Grant applications and four times a year for Advancing Healthcare Small Grant applications. The deadlines for this scheme have not yet been released, please check back here soon. 

Examples of the type of project we aim to support through this scheme: 

  • Reconfiguration and adaptation of clinical pathways/services 

For example:  

    • A pilot project testing the impact of new integrated healthcare pathway for unaccompanied asylum seeking children  
    • A pilot to test the impact of introducing a social prescribing service for children and young people under long-term care at the Royal London  
  • Innovative ways to improve patient experience 

For example: 

    • Introduction of a dedicated advocate for the Somali community into Barts Health Trust with the goal of reducing healthcare inequalities and improving understanding of the needs of this community amongst healthcare providers. 
    • A dedicated art therapy programme for young people affected by cancer. 
    • Further development of a real-time pain reporting app so that treatment of post-surgical pain can be more rapidly addressed by healthcare teams. 
  • Equipment and consumables to enable cutting-edge medical treatment  
    • A high-frequency jet ventilator for use in navigational bronchoscopy, aiding with the monitoring and treatment of patients with suspected lung cancer 
    • Introducing robotic-assisted surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Royal London Hospital, increasing patient access to more minimally invasive surgery 
    • Implementation of a Hyperthermic Intra-Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) service at the Royal London Hospital, offering potentially curative treatment for patients affected by metastatic colorectal and appendiceal cancer.  

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