Imperial Health Charity

Online Application Portal

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 ("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 Programme

Applications must be submitted by members of Trust staff.

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

Innovate at Imperial - from £1,000 to £85,000 per application

The inaugural round is open to applications from 18 November 2019 and closes at noon, 21 February 2020.

Imperial Health Charity is pleased to launch a new grants scheme, Innovate at Imperial, that aims to provide opportunities for Trust staff to explore innovative ways to improving health and social care, hospital processes, patient safety and/or patient care.


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.

Applications are accepted year-round with no formal deadline.

Pre-application advice

Before you apply for a Small Grant, please complete the IHC Pre-application Form. This is a mandatory step to apply to the charity for funding. The information you provide on the form will enable the Grants team to decide which is the appropriate grant scheme for you. It will take up to 10 working days to process. Once you have received our permission in writing to apply to the charity. you can proceed with your online application.

Small Grants Fund - 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. The closing date of the final round for this financial year is 21 February 2020.


Research Fellowships - up to £65,000 per application

Applications for the 2020/2021 cohort will open from Tuesday 1 October 2019 and close at noon on Friday 17 January 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. 

Special Purpose Funds

The charity oversees around 400 donor-gifted funds, each with a specific purpose to support a particular ward, department, area of research, service or group of patients. The Charity Team, Trustees and designated Special Fund Advisors identify ways to utilise the individual funds to make a real difference to the Trust’s work in line with donors’ wishes. Click here to find out more.

A charity registered in England and Wales, No 1166084

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Get started

In order to apply for a grant you need to create an account with us. To create a new account, please click on "Register" and follow the instructions.


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If you have already registered with Imperial Health Charity Grant System you can login and submit or monitor your applications.

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