Types of grants and funding

    ACT has a proud and successful track record in funding research at Cambridge University Hospitals. We ensure the research we support is value for money and use robust ways to allocate funding and evaluate the impact of the projects we support.

    ACT makes funding available to researchers and is intended to support innovative and sustainable research, build research capacity and extend the capabilities of our two hospitals, addressing gaps in funding and research that otherwise would not be possible.

    We invite proposals from researchers aligned with our research policy under the following funding schemes:

    Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships

    The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is the bedrock of this prestigious scheme which has been in operation since 2007. ACT, together with the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centrethe Evelyn Trust and other supporters makes funding available to support doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals at the Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals and the University of Cambridge. The fellowships are strategically positioned at the entry point to the clinical academic training pathway fuelling the pipeline with aspirational researchers and fostering the future leaders of clinical research.

    The Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowship scheme is now open. For further information click here. For information on future calls please email

    Catalyst and bridge funding

    ACT funding is a catalyst that ‘makes research happen’ whether this is pump priming or pilot studies that eventually lead to more extensive programmes of research; bridging temporary gaps in funding to allow research projects to continue and prevent the disintegration of valuable research teams or to purchase new equipment. There is an open call for proposals intended to support a diverse range of healthcare categories, research activities and disciplines. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis as the availability of funding permits.

    Themed calls for proposals

    From time to time, as the availability of funding permits, ACT invites proposals dedicated to a specific area of research.

    We are pleased to receive applications from researchers through our regular grant giving mechanisms and to discuss other opportunities. Please email to find out more.  Grant holders are expected to adhere to ACT’s Grant Agreement, available on request.

    Our grant making process 

    We award grants using a robust procedure to ensure donations are spent in accordance with supporters’ wishes, to the greatest benefit of patients, their families and those who support them.

    Our grants panels

    Applications are received by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC), chaired by Professor John Bradley, and the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) for non-research applications, chaired by Dr Ashley Shaw. Committee members review each application and make recommendations to the Grants Committee for ratification. All committees meet four times a year.

    The Innovation for Patient Benefit panel supports innovative projects that provide public benefit. The intention is to facilitate the development and adoption of new and improved ways of providing healthcare.

    Designated & Unrestricted Funds

    Some grants are made from designated funds, where supporters have stipulated how they would like their donations to be spent. Other grants are made from unrestricted funds, which are vitally important because they give ACT’s trustees the flexibility to meet patients’ needs as and when they arise across the hospitals.

    Unrestricted funds are limited, so ACT is striving to encourage more supporters to give unrestricted donations, so more projects like those listed in the bulletins can be funded.

    Charitable funding is allocated to projects and initiatives over and above what the NHS would normally finance. It can, however, be used for routine refurbishment or to meet statutory NHS requirements if it can be shown that there is substantial benefit, such as accelerating advances in medical care or increasing the quality of service provision over and above that possible through NHS funding alone.

    Please email about applying for funding.

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