Catalyst Projects An initiative to improve patient care through data-driven health and care decisions

This programme is closed for applications.

  • The Health Foundation and Health Data Research UK are jointly funding a new initiative to improve patient care through data-driven health and care decisions.
  • We have £600,000 funding for up to four projects that should commence by 1 May 2020 and run for 12 months.
  • Applications are now open and deadline for final applications is 11 March 2020.


The Health Foundation and Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) are jointly supporting a new initiative that aims to demonstrate how patient care can be improved through data-driven health and care decisions.

The UK has vast and rich data about people’s health and care, however this is often not available quickly for clinicians or patients to access to support their decision making. This causes delays and, in some cases, prevents the data from being analysed to deliver better care and improve people’s health. The Catalyst Projects will aim to help address some of these issues.

Invitation to apply for Catalyst Projects

We have £600,000 of funding for up to four Catalyst Projects that will run for 12 months. The maximum that will be awarded for any individual project will be £200,000, and applicants should provide matched funding, which may include in-kind contribution. 

Projects must start by 1 May 2020 and should be completed within 12 months.

Organisations that are involved in other Health Foundation or HDR UK initiatives are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

How to apply<

The Catalyst Projects will be led by HDR UK. For details of how to apply for a Catalyst Project and to download the Notes for applicants document with the eligibility criteria and the Frequently asked questions, please visit the HDR UK website.

The application should be submitted by a single Project Director (from an NHS organisation). If the application is successful, the single Project Director will manage the award on behalf of all applicants involved.

All applications must be made by email to

Potential applicants are encouraged to sign up for the information webinar hosted by HDR UK on 13 January. Further details can be found on the HDR UK website.

Deadline for applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Interviews and selection

The selection of Catalyst Projects will be via an independent expert panel administered in partnership between the Health Foundation and HDR UK. The independent expert panel will assess the applications and advise the Health Foundation and HDR UK, who will jointly make final decisions.

If shortlisted by the panel, the Project Director, and up to two project team members of their choice, may be invited to interview. Applicants must be available on the interview dates of 23-24 March 2020.


Catalyst Projects opens for applications – 18 December 2020

Webinar – 13 January 2020

Deadline for applications – 16.00 on 11 March 2020

Shortlisting announced – 17 March 2020

Interviews – 23-24 March 2020

Successful projects announced – April 2020

Projects commence – 1 May 2020

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