Innovation and Improvement

Innovation and Improvement grants provide funding to develop and learn from new and improved approaches to care and treatment, with the potential to impact care across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and beyond.

Applications for the Innovation and Improvement grant are now closed.

Grant details

Average grant awarded:
£200,000 to £1,000,000
Number of grants awarded:

In view of the impact of COVID-19 and future uncertainty around the period in which funding would usually be allocated, we have taken the decision to cancel the planned 2020 Innovation and Improvement Grants Programme.

This decision is informed by the current pressure on services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and the exceptional demands on staff who would normally apply for these grants, or collaborate with research teams at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

In the meantime, we are working with SLaM and IoPPN on effective ways to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will make further announcements about funding opportunities on our website and through SLaM and IoPPN media.

If you have a query about the Innovation and Improvement Grants Programme please get in touch with us at

About the programme:

The purpose of the fund is to support clinicians and researchers to deliver projects that improve the quality, experience of, or access to care and treatment through the development and trialling of new initiatives, or scaling up of ideas that may have been tested on a small scale locally or elsewhere.

The focus of the Maudsley Charity in all its work is to deliver benefit to NHS patients. We will fund improvement initiatives and research projects that link as directly as possible to this outcome. Research projects are likely to have a significant clinical component.

The Innovation and Improvement grants programme will commit up to £1m to projects focused on improving care and the outcomes of care. There is no minimum or maximum amount which may be applied for. To provide some indication of scale, the Charity would expect to fund 3-6 projects in each call.

Please note that this funding should not be used to continue services where other sources of funding have come to an end.


Lead applicants should come from either South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) or Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (IoPPN, KCL).

We will encourage partnership working between SLaM and IoPPN and/or others, e.g. another NHS or academic institution or national charity.