• £1.5m available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.
  • Each project team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and measurement of the project.
  • Teams should demonstrate how their projects will lead to direct benefits or impact on patients.
  • In this round, we are also interested in applications that make use of data analysis.
  • Applications must be completed online by midday, Tuesday 28 March 2017.*

Our Innovating for Improvement programme aims to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

We support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

In this round of Innovating for Improvement we are also interested in applications from projects that will apply an innovative use of data.
Projects that will be considered under this theme could:

  • Use an innovative method of data analysis with existing health care data.
  • Use a novel data source (eg patient generated data) or data linkage.
  • Present existing data or analysis in an innovative way to improve care.
  • Use an existing data analysis technique to inform the development and testing of an innovative intervention.

The Innovating for Improvement programme is open to applicants from across the UK.

Teams need to demonstrate a clearly identified and convincing problem that they want to address, ie a significant quality issue that is relevant to UK health care.

Teams should demonstrate how their projects will lead to direct benefits or impact on patients within the programme timescale of 15 months, inclusive of a set-up phase of up to 3 months beginning in September 2017.

Projects must provide robust evidence to demonstrate that their idea is genuinely innovative and corresponds with one of the following four descriptions of innovation:

  • Descriptor 1: Innovations with no previous history in any context – they are genuinely new or novel
  • Descriptor 2: Innovations transferred into health care from another sector such as another public service body, another industry or non-health related field
  • Descriptor 3: Innovations transferred into the UK health care sector from health care systems overseas
  • Descriptor 4: Innovations transferred or adapted from one health care setting to another eg social care to health care

*The Health Foundation reserves the right to close ahead of this deadline if the programme is oversubscribed.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Innovating for Improvement programme, please go through the following steps to complete your application.

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the Call for applications in full before completing the screening tool to access the online application form. We have also prepared an FAQs document to read.

2. The application process

You must complete the screening tool to assess whether your proposed project meets the criteria of the Innovating for Improvement programme. Once this is completed, you will be able to access our online application form.

The application form will require you to supply information to meet all the selection criteria outlined in the Call for applications.

Applicants must also provide a declaration of signatures from the lead organisation. This needs to be completed and uploaded to Section 8 of the online application.

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online system AIMS.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

3. Information call

We held information call on Monday 6 March 2017. The information call offered applicants the opportunity to hear more about the programme and ask questions to clarify understanding. 

You can view a transcript of the information call or listen to an audio recording of the call.

4. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is midday, Tuesday 28 March 2017. We will not accept submissions after this date.

The Health Foundation also reserves the right to close ahead of this deadline if the programme is oversubscribed.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in July 2017. Interviewed applicants will be advised of the outcome by August 2017.

Please note: If you have any queries about the programme or application process, email Innovating.enquiries@health.org.uk.

If you have a technical issue with the AIMS system please email AIMS@health.org.uk.