Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust


Innovation for Patient Benefit

In the NHS innovation is regarded as ‘an idea, service or product, new to the NHS or applied in a way that is new to the NHS, which significantly improves the quality of health and care wherever it is applied’ (Department of Health 2011).  Such innovation is crucial in meeting the unprecedented demands on today’s NHS. 

ACT’s Innovation for Patient Benefit’s programme addresses gaps in funding for innovation projects and encourages the uptake of innovation into clinical practice in the NHS. This includes supporting innovative ideas that have potential to deliver important patient or other healthcare benefits but might be perceived as low commercial value and therefore unattractive to external funders.

ACT has a proud track record in funding innovation at CUH and since 2014 has granted 17 IfPB awards totalling £453,480 (a list can be found here). 

We provide grants that offer good value for money and have potential for high impact and use robust and transparent ways to select proposals for funding including peer review by a specially convened IfPB panel (membership can be found here).

We also take evaluation of the impact of the funding we have provided seriously and regularly evaluate the impact of our past funding. We do this to help prospective new applicants frame their proposals and also for reporting to our donors who have generously given their support and for raising funds to support the programme in the future.

A summary of The first impact report for IfPB awards can be found here.

Download the full report of the first evaluation of the impact for IfPB awards.  


Apply for a Grant

A new call for proposals will open shortly, contact Claire Teager for further details at