Welcome to Imperial Health Charity's Online Grants System

  • To access a funding programme application form, 'click' on Application System in the top left of this page. Once you're in the Application System page, scroll down until you see 'Start a new application' for programmes that are currently open.
  • To apply for a Small Grant, you must be invited by us to do so.


Our vision

We're 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.

Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities programme is now closed.

Patient Hardship grants - 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.

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. Before you apply for a Small Grant, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email it to grants@imperialcharity.org.uk. Once we have reviewed the information, we will advise you if your project could be funded from the Small Grants programme. 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 are now closed for the 2021/22 round of Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. The 2022/23 round will launch in summer 2021.

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 at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and plan to undertake your proposed research project for the benefit of ICHNT patients, and/or surrounding communities.

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

The 3rd call for funding applications to Innovate at Imperial 2021/22 is now open.

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.

If you have any questions about any of our funding programmes above, please visit our website, or email grants@imperialcharity.org.uk.