The QNI invites expressions of interest from healthcare organisations that are interested to commission nurse-led innovation projects in the community.

The maximum total cost to the commissioning organisation for one project is £10,000. Up to £5000 of this total figure is reimbursed to the organisation, to fund the specific costs of delivering the project, which should be detailed in the budget in the application form.

The scheme is not limited to NHS organisations – any healthcare provider can apply, e.g. hospices, care home providers, charities or community interest companies.

An organisation can commission any number of nurse-led projects with the QNI. The usual maximum number of projects that we run together as one cohort is 12.

Nurses: This year-long programme is funded by your employer. The cost includes three 2-day residential workshops, a year of project management support, monthly online meetings and a site visit to the project as well as the costs involved in setting up and delivering your project within the year.

How to apply

The applications for 2022 are now closed. Please see the guidance notes and the application form below to find out more about the application process.

Nurses who are interested to deliver a project in 2023, or employers who want to find out more, should contact Sue Boran, Director of Nursing Programmes (Innovation) or Dr Amanda Young, Nursing Programmes Manager (Innovation).


One of our former project leaders, Gerard Wainwright, made this short film about his experience of working with the QNI:


Showcase Event

In March 2022, we held an online event showcasing our Community Nursing Innovation Programme.

Project Evaluation

The QNI’s Rising Stars independent evaluation report (2015) examined the longer term benefits and outcomes of our innovation funding programme:

Other sources of funding

“The QNI invites expressions of interest from healthcare organisations that are interested in working in partnership with us to develop nurse-led innovation projects. ”

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