Our programmes test out new ideas for improving the quality of health care and fund research


Our aim is to take the best ideas and encourage uptake throughout the NHS, and publish research findings that will be useful to both policy and practice.

Advancing Applied Analytics


This programme offers £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams aiming to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

Behavioural Insights Research


This programme offered £1.8 million to eight projects to support research that designs, tests and evaluates behavioural interventions that can improve efficiency and reduce waste within health care se...

Clinical Human Factors Group


This group aims to enhance patient safety by combining human factors with an approach to change informed by improvement science.

Closing the Gap in Patient Safety


This programme ran from 2014 to 2017, and offered funding for projects to implement and evaluate tested, evidence-based patient safety interventions at scale in health and social care. It is now close...

Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships


This programme ran in 2011/13 and offered £400,000 to seven teams working on projects that aimed to change the relationship between people and health services. It is now closed for application.

Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities


This programme supported 11 projects from across the UK that worked to improve the quality and safety of care in a different clinical area. It is now closed for application.

Co-creating Health


This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 and involved eight projects that aimed to embed self-management support within mainstream health services across the UK. It is now closed for application. 

Developing Patient Safety in Primary Care


This programme worked to build expertise, experience and knowledge about patient safety in general practices and boards in NHS Tayside and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. It ran between 2010 and 201...

Efficiency Research Programme


This programme awarded £1.8 million to three research teams for projects looking into issues of efficiency and sustainability. It is now closed for applications.

Engaging with Quality in Primary Care


This programme ran between 2007 and 2011, and offered funding for nine projects aiming to help primary care clinicians increase their capacity, capability and responsibility for clinical quality impro...

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