Advancing Healthcare Large Grants - Barts Charity

Advancing Healthcare Large Grants

Our Advancing Healthcare Large Grants provide funding for NHS staff to pilot new ideas, technologies and ways of working within Barts Health NHS Trust that could advance healthcare delivery and improve the health of our local community.

If you do not require this level of funding, we also offer Advancing Healthcare Small Grants from £5,000 up to £50k.

Level of funding

Over £50,000 and up to £500,000

Duration of funding

Up to 36 months

Advancing Healthcare Large Grants Information

Lead applicant

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

The lead applicant will lead the project if the application is successful. They will submit the application form and be the main point of contact for 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 if their expertise is needed for success of the project.   

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

  • Benefit – clear benefit to patients and/or members of the communities served by Barts Health 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 – support from relevant management at Barts Health and alignment with the long-term plans of Barts Health 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 –  consider whether we are the most suitable funder for this project compared to other funding sources available.

Funding over £50,000 and up to a up to a maximum of £500,000 for up to 36 months.

Through this scheme we are able to provide funding for:

  • Salaries for new staff resources.
  • Medical equipment and associated consumables.
  • Costs for patient and public engagement.

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

We understand that healthcare improvement initiatives may vary in size and scope, and as such we also offer:


  • Funding for basic science and clinical research projects. These are supported by 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.

Application and assessment process

Please discuss your proposal with senior members of your department, service or hospital. Identify a finance manager at your hospital who can support you to cost your proposal.

Please complete the online preliminary application form. Remember to save your application often and attach all the necessary documents before submission.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Our Funding & Impact team will check that your application is eligible for this scheme. We’ll be in touch if we have any questions.

Your preliminary application will be reviewed by our Grants Committee against the criteria above. We aim to let you know if you have been invited to submit a full application within seven weeks of the deadline.

If you are invited to submit a full application, you will be sent a link to the form for you to complete. A deadline will be communicated to you directly.  

When you complete your full application form it will be sent to your finance manager. They must then review and approve your application in order to complete your submission to us.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Your application will be sent for external written peer review by experts in your field. On the application form you are asked to suggest potential reviewers and exclude those who may have a conflict of interest. 

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

Our Grants Committee will review your application, the peer review reports and rebuttal to make their final funding decision. 

We’ll aim to let you know the outcome of your application within three months of the full application deadline. 

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Our Funding and 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.

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