MAHSE wishes to fund service improvement and innovation projects to support the most talented healthcare science staff from all healthcare science disciplines in the North West region. The funding is aimed at facilitating the career and professional development of healthcare science assistants, associates, practitioners and early career healthcare scientists, by enabling them to participate in projects that improve patient care through making innovations in healthcare science and service delivery.  Applicants can request an amount of up to £20,000 to cover the costs of their project.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to write an evaluation report and share the outcomes of their project at an event in the summer of 2018.  

For further information and guidance about the scheme please expand the sections listed below.

The Application Process

Proposals must be submitted via our online form by 16:00 on Friday 28 April 2017. Guidance on completing the online application form is available herePlease note that once you have started the form you will not be able to go back and resume it at a later date. Please have your answers ready to copy and paste into the online form when you are ready to submit it.

If you have any other queries about the application process please click on the FAQs section below or email


1) The principal applicant should be currently employed in one of the following roles:

– Healthcare Science Assistant

– Healthcare Science Associate

– Healthcare Science Practitioner

– Early career Healthcare Scientist (i.e. individuals employed at a Band 7 or below)

Applications will be accepted from established Healthcare Scientists but the individual(s) who will benefit from the Fellowship must occupy one of the roles above and must be named as co-applicants (a maximum of 2 co-applicants can be specified on the application form).

Unfortunately the funding cannot be used to support projects that PTP/STP/HSST trainees are undertaking as part of their programme.  This is because we are specifically targeting healthcare science staff who have not had the opportunity to participate in such training programmes.

2) Approval to undertake the project must have been obtained from the relevant authority (e.g. the principal applicant’s Head of Department or line manager).

3) Applicants must be employed within an NHS Trust in the North West of England (specifically Cumbria and Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside, and Greater Manchester).

4) The funding can be used to develop a new or existing innovation or service improvement. For the purposes of judging the applications, the following definition of Innovation will be used:  ‘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.’ (Improvement & Efficiency Directorate, Innovation and Service Improvement (2011, p9). Innovation, Health and Wealth: Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS. Department of Health.)

5) The application must include a statement on how the funding will be used to develop the career and research/innovation skills of the applicants (especially if the principal applicant is a senior member of staff). Evidence of supervisory arrangements is also required.

6) The aims and objectives of the project should be specific and measurable and must be delivered within the given timescale and costings.

7) The project must be able to demonstrate a potential to benefit patients and/or the wider community.

8) Funding will be released on the condition that the applicants employing authority/NHS Trust has given all necessary approvals required.

9) The value of the requested funding must not exceed £20,000 (including VAT).

10) Projects should commence on or after 1 June 2017 and be completed by 31 March 2018. If your project start date is before 1 June 2017 then you will need to be able to demonstrate and justify the added value the Fellowship would bring to a project that is already in progress. If your project end date is after 31 March 2018 then you must be able to demonstrate that you will able to meet the criteria below (and, if necessary, make your own arrangements for any remaining funding to be carried over into the next financial year).

11) Applicants who are awarded a MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowship will be required to submit a written evaluation of their project and participate in an evaluation event to showcase their projects to MAHSE stakeholders in the summer of 2018.

Assessment of Proposals

Proposals will be assessed in May 2017 by the MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Funding Panel which consists of a group of leading healthcare scientists and will be chaired by Dr Garry McDowell, Reader in Clinical Science, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property will remain with the NHS Trust. However, it should be acknowledged that funding for the project has been provided by Health Education England (in the North West).

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What type of applications will not be funded?

MAHSE will not fund the following:

– Method evaluation

– Applications that do not demonstrate any professional development for a healthcare science assistant, associate, practitioner or an early career healthcare scientist

– Applications that do not demonstrate how the innovation/service improvement will impact on the service and patient care

– Applications that have not been authorised by a line manager or Head of Department

– Projects that form part of a PTP/STP/HSST trainee’s programme (e.g. a research project being undertaken for an MSc in Clinical Science)

2) What costs will the funding not cover?

– Capital costs (i.e. one off payments for furniture, office/laboratory/IT and Telecomms/postal equipment, and vehicles)

– Costs that were incurred before the start date of the project

3) How will funding be awarded?

The total amount of funding will be awarded and must only be used for the purposes specified in the application (i.e. to develop your innovation or service improvement project).  The funding will be transferred from the University of Manchester to the relevant NHS department.  The University of Manchester will provide a purchase order and the NHS department should then issue an invoice. Please note this will mean that the NHS department will need to complete paperwork in order to be set up as a supplier on the University of Manchester’s procurement system.

4) Will MAHSE accept applications made after 4pm on Friday 28 April 2017?

Late applications will be accepted in exceptional circumstances at the sole discretion of the MAHSE Director and the Chair of the MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Funding Panel (taking into account the time necessary to have the application peer reviewed).

5) What happens to my application after I have submitted it?

All completed applications will be initially assessed for eligibility against the criteria given at the application stage.  You will be notified if your application has or has not passed the eligibility criteria. Applications meeting the eligibility criteria will then be sent to the MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Funding Panel for further consideration and they will score the applications against the answers provided on the application form.

The MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Funding Panel will then meet to decide which applications will receive funding and the Panel’s decision is final.

Principal applicants will receive an email informing them of the final decision along with any feedback from the scoring process. The principal applicant can then circulate the decision and feedback to the co-applicants.

6) What happens if my application is successful and I am awarded funding?

MAHSE will need to see evidence that your project has been authorised by the person named on the application form (see questions 22-25).  MAHSE will also need to set your NHS department up as a supplier on the University of Manchester’s procurement system.  You will then be issued with a purchase order for the amount you have been awarded which will be accompanied by a letter detailing what the funding is to be used for.  You must then arrange for an invoice to be sent to MAHSE so that the funding can be released to your department (please note that invoices are usually paid within 30 days from the date of the invoice).

7) What will the project evaluation entail?

Successful applicants will be required to write a project evaluation report at the end of their projects (i.e. from 31 March 2018 onwards) which provides details on the scope of the project, data collection and analysis, key results and outcomes, and any further recommendations.  Successful applicants will also be invited to attend a project evaluation event in the summer of 2018 to showcase the outcomes of their projects to MAHSE stakeholders.