Grants and funding available for Cambridge University Hospitals

Apply for ACT funding

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is proud to support projects across Addenbrooke’s, The Rosie and beyond that benefit patients. Applications for ACT funding should demonstrate that they are over and above NHS funding responsibilities and that they deliver, or are in pursuit of, patient benefit. More information about the sort of projects we fund can be found here. All projects must comply with our charitable expenditure policy.

A single form for all requests

If you have an idea for a project or request for funding, please complete a Charitable Funding Request Form. We will review your application and help you find the most appropriate funding source.  We aim to respond:

  • Within two weeks if your application is under £5,000
  • Within five weeks if your application is over £5,000

To apply for funding you do not need to have a departmental ACT fund or sufficient funds in a departmental ACT fund. 

Please contact us at if you have any queries. If you need to speak to somebody, please call the duty receptionist on 01223 217757.   

Types of funding

We have several ways that we can grant funding to projects. If you are unsure what is the right funding option for your project or want to test a project idea with us, please complete our straightforward Charitable Funding Request Form

Our charitable funds

ACT holds individual charitable funds for many of the departments in the hospital. To apply for funding, please complete a Charitable Funding Request Form. We rely on the hospital to indicate where funds should be spent, and each fund has at least two hospital fund advisors who are responsible for approving expenditure requests.

Please contact us at or call the duty receptionist on 01223 217757 if you need to know who the fund advisors are in your area, or any other queries about charitable funds.

Please note, you do not need a departmental charitable fund or a sufficient fund balance to apply to ACT for funding. If you do not have a departmental charitable fund with a sufficient fund balance, please apply anyway using the Charitable Funding Request Form as we may still be able to help.

Patient benefit grants (Professional Advisory Committee)

ACT makes grants to support benefit patients through the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). Typically, grants are up to £35,000. The panel sits quarterly and is made up of a multi-disciplinary body of CUH and ACT staff.  Applications are invited at any time. For applications over £2,000, the application form is available here. For applications under £2,000, there is a shorter application form which is available here

See table below for deadlines for grants panels.

Innovation grants

The Innovation for Patient Benefit grant panel make awards of up to £25,000 that seek new and innovative ways of providing health care. Awards are for projects up to two years in duration and applications are considered twice a year. The application form can be found here.

See table below for deadlines for grants panels.

Research grants

Applications for research funding are considered by the Research Advisory Committee, a panel made up of research experts from multiple disciplines. We are particularly interested in research projects which act as a catalyst to further research or that bridge temporary funding gaps. Applications are invited to the quarterly panel at any time, and the application form is available here

See below for deadlines for grants panels.

Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships Scheme

We run the fellowship scheme with the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre and The Evelyn Trust. The scheme awards grants at the entry point to the clinical academic training pathway. Grants cover a year of salary and consumables, enabling fellows to gain experience and collect pilot data. 

Applications are open once a year. These fellowships are for both medical and non-medical healthcare professionals (nurses, midwives, AHPs)

Medical fellowship candidates should be trainee doctors who are post FY2. There is no requirement for medical fellowship candidates to have existing connections with CUH. Nurses, midwives and AHPs (NMAHPs) should be employees of CUH and/or University of Cambridge.

Applications are currently open, and the application form is available here.

See table below for deadlines for grants panels.

Funding for staff

Any CUH staff member can apply to ACT for funding to support staff.  Previously, ACT has supported things such as:

  • Development and training beyond what is available with CUH funding
  • Psychological wellbeing pilot projects
  • Art resources and activities for staff.

Staff social events

During the COVID pandemic, we have suspended our funding of staff social events. If your requests relates to supporting staff in another way, please complete the Charitable Funding Request Form.

Funding for external organisations

ACT usually makes grants to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and sometimes to Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge. From time-to-time we make grants to other organisations. Typically, these are other charities providing services at Addenbrooke’s or the Rosie. If you are an external organisation interested in ACT funding, please contact us at or call the duty receptionist on 01223 217757.  

Funding for training, learning and development

Please complete the Charitable Funding Request Form in the first instance. 

Deadlines for grants panels


CUH Approvals

ACT-funded expenditure needs sign-off and approvals in exactly the same way as if it were NHS-funded. The guide to approvals provides a reference as to what is required. 

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding funding, funds or grants please email During the COVID pandemic, all ACT staff are home working. If you need to speak to somebody, please call the duty receptionist on 01223 217757. They will take a message and somebody from the Charitable Expenditure Team will call you back. 

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