Healthcare Innovation Grant from £50,000 to £500,000 (scheme closed)
We want to help develop and introduce innovation at Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals and beyond. We’d love to hear your ideas and proposals to deliver positive change through innovation.
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This scheme is now closed. Please see our new Advancing Healthcare Grants scheme for details of current funding opportunities.

Level of funding: £50,000 – £500,000

Duration of funding: Up to 3 years

Purpose: To support great ideas to develop and introduce pioneering innovation focused on delivering even better healthcare at Barts Health hospitals. Ideas should be aligned with hospital strategies and long-term plans.

We’re interested in funding projects that can make a positive and long-lasting change at Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals and have the potential to impact the wider healthcare sector. 

In your application for a grant, we’ll look for:   

  • The benefit to patients and/or staff
  • A clear plan to make your project happen 
  • Originality, innovation and inventiveness  
  • Plans and commitment to making the project sustainable beyond Barts Charity funding and/or lead to a lasting change 
  • Plans to monitor and evaluate the impact of your project and share your findings and outcomes (both locally and in the wider healthcare sector, if appropriate) 
  • Why the project should be supported by charitable funds 
  • How your idea aligns with the hospital’s plans
  • Support from the appropriate boards at your hospital  

Who can apply

If you are employed by Barts Health NHS Trust (and will be for the duration of the grant), you can apply for funding as the Lead applicant.

You can apply with up to 3 co-applicants. They may be external to the Barts Health NHS Trust, but you’ll need to explain why their specific expertise is needed. The focus of the project must be the Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals.

What we can fund

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

How to apply

Our Funding and Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and supportWe encourage you to contact us before you submit a preliminary application. 

Contact the Funding and Impact team

Stage 1: Preliminary Application

You’ll need to complete a preliminary application form using the link below.

Your application will be assessed for its suitability for the scheme by our Grants Committee.

If your preliminary application is successful, we will invite you to submit a full application. We aim to let you know the outcome of your preliminary application within 10 weeks of the deadline.

Stage 2: Full Application

If you are invited to submit a full application, we’ll email you a link to our online application form. 

All full applications must:

  • be fully costed and agreed by the relevant Barts Health NHS Trust Finance Office
  • include a completed endorsement form
  • include a letter of support from your Head of Department, Clinical Board, Hospital Board or Senior Leadership, as appropriate.


We have two calls for Healthcare Innovation Grants a year:

Preliminary application deadlineFull application deadlineCommittee meeting
8 April 20211 July 2021Autumn 2021
18  June 2021 22 October 2021Spring 2022
10  May 2022 21 July 2022Autumn 2022
30 June 2022 20 October 2022Spring 2023

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 will have an opportunity to provide a rebuttal to external peer-review comments on your application before Grants Committee consideration.

How colleagues have used Healthcare Innovation Grants

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