Imperial Health Charity

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Our vision

We are an independent charity that raises and manages money for clinical research and healthcare projects at the five hospitals making up Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals. Excellent patient care lies at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation through the projects, research and studies that we fund, so that patients can continue to be given the best healthcare service at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and across the broader NHS.

Our Grants programmes

Imperial Health Charity is passionate about improving patient care and supporting staff development at the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dresden Hardship Fund - up to £1,500 per application

Funding is available to support patients and families in critical need during their time in hospital. Funding requests need to be submitted by a member of on behalf of a patient currently receiving treatment at one of the Trust’s five hospitals.

In light of the fast-changing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to temporarily update the criteria of our Dresden Hardship grants, and simplify some related processes. You can also look at our guidance on the types of costs and how much you can apply for. For funeral costs, especially at this difficult time, you may wish to look at these Government guidance for easier reference: Children's Funeral Fund For England; other additional assistance; as well as the latest guidance on burials.

Applications are accepted year-round with no formal deadlines.


Small Grants - up to £10,000 per application

Funding is available for bright ideas that aim to improve the patient experience in wards, departments or across the Trust, and towards staff amenities where appropriate. Applications are accepted year-round. Applications below £2,000 will be assessed within two weeks; applications between £2,000 and £10,000 will be assessed quarterly in a financial year. Before you apply for a Small Grant, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email it to Once we have reviewed the information, we will advice you if your project could be funded from the Small Grants programme or if it better fits one of the other funding programmes that we run. Please do not apply for a Small Grant until we have formally invited you to do so.


Research Fellowships - up to £65,000 per application

Applications for the 2020/2021 cohort is now closed.

Guidance notes and sample application forms for the 2021/22 Pre-doc and Post-doc Research Fellowships will be available in July 2020 and open to applications in October 2020.

Funding is available to healthcare professionals outside of medicine and medics to undertake a period of pre-doctoral or post-doctoral research for one year. Applicants must hold an NHS employment contract noting they must currently deliver services, and plan to undertake their proposed research project, for the benefit of patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and/or surrounding communities. The funding call opens annually.

Innovate at Imperial - between £1,000 and £85,000 per application

A second call for applications is now open for Innovate at Imperial. The programme aims to provide opportunities for staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to explore novel and innovative ways of improving health and social care, including projects that address hospital processes, support staff wellbeing, enhance patient safety or improve patient care. The programme is open to permanent members of staff at all levels - and from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. This is a 2-stage process and you must first complete an Expression of Interest. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited (Stage 2) to apply via Flexigrant.


If you have any questions about any of our funding programmes above, please email

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