The Health Foundation has launched the second wave of Innovating for Improvement, which will provide a total of £1.5m for up to 20 projects to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improving health care delivery, and/or the way people manage their own health care. The Health Foundation will support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality. Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.

Bids must come from a health or health and social care provider, and we have been informed that partnership bids and bids supported by AHSNs will be seen as a strength. UCLPartners is offering support to up to three bids from our partner organisations, though partners are welcome to apply for funding separately. Teams need to demonstrate a clearly identified and convincing problem that they want to address, ie a significant quality issue that is relevant to UK health care. Any potential improvements should be simple to put into practice and generalisable beyond the chosen health care setting.

The deadline for first stage submission to the Health Foundation closes at 12 noon on 10 February 2015.

please send any enquires and questions, along with your expressions of interest in support from UCLPartners, to mindy.smith@uclpartners.com by 22 January. The strongest proposals will have a clear goal, will fit to existing work and will already be in process.

Further information for applicants can be found here: www.health.org.uk/areas-of-work/programmes/innovating-for-improvement.