Application open on 16 March 2020 and close on 24 April 2020

NOTE: In the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, please be advised Innovation scholarships are currently suspended. Further information on recommencement of these scholarships will be reviewed and updated as soon as possible. If you have already submitted an application you will be contacted when scholaships re-open.

​The Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Ministry of Health, is offering scholarships of up to $15,000 to encourage nurses and midwives across NSW to implement innovative projects that will drive improvements in areas of the public health system. Nurses and midwives are at the forefront of healthcare delivery and are in the best position to drive innovation and excellence in care.

The aim of the innovation scholarships are to:

  • enhance nursing and midwifery in providing high quality, appropriate, safe, available services when and where needed
  • support care that is coordinated and responsive to individual needs
  • enhance cultures of staff wellbeing to support nursing and midwifery practice and improve service delivery and patient care
  • apply new models of care and approaches, to strengthen nursing and midwifery practice

Innovation scholarships are intended to enable nurses and midwives to trial and apply new ideas and innovations, that cannot be implemented without funding support (ie seed funding). They are not intended to fund the research component of projects.

Do you have an innovative project in mind?

If so, consider the following:

An innovative approach is usually something that has not been tried before, or a new approach to an existing problem or issue.  The project should focus on person-centred care where patient and staff safety is enhanced, where the patient has a better experience and is informed and involved in decisions.

The application should demonstrate how the innovation will enhance nursing or midwifery practice to improve service delivery and patient care. Scholarships are available in all areas of nursing and midwifery practice within NSW public health services.

Focus areas include:

  • quality and safety
  • integrated care
  • mental health services
  • NSW State Health Plan - Towards 2021
  • compassionate practice
  • enhancing workplace culture and staff wellbeing

If you have not been involved in preparing a submission for an innovation scholarship before, you are encouraged to seek assistance from other nurses and/or midwives in your local health district/specialty network who have this experience, or contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Eligibilty and conditions

  •  The lead person must be a nurse and/or midwife who is a permanent full or part time employee of the NSW public health system
  • Applicant teams must primarily be nurses and/or midwives employed in the NSW public health system, at least 80% of the team
  • Funding will not be provided for services that are considered to be core business of local health districts/specialty networks
  • Applications should be limited to 2000 words or less
  • Applications will be considered from individuals or teams
  • Funding cannot be used for tertiary education or other courses
  • Only up to 25% of funding requested can be provided for items of capital expenditure, travel, accommodation, equipment or other similar expenses
  • A letter of support for the project is required from the local health district/specialty network Director of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The team leader is responsible for dissemination of the outcomes of the project to other local health districts/specialty networks
  • Submissions previously funded by a NSW Ministry of Health Nursing and Midwifery innovation scholarship will not be considered
  • The project is to be completed within 12 months of receiving funding
  • The team leader will be required to provide a progress summary report to the Nursing and Midwifery Office 6 months after project commencement, and at the completion of the project at 12 months

The Nursing and Midwifery Office may publish information on successful applications on the NSW Ministry of Health website.

Planning your project

Use our helpful project guide when planning your project.

Application form and important dates

Application open on 16 March 2020 and close on 24 April 2020.

Please complete the Innovation scholarship application form, obtain a letter of support from your LHD/SN Director of Nursing and Midwifery, and email to Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Successful applicants will be notified approximately 4-6 weeks after the close date.

Funding will be provided to local health districts/specialty networks via budget supplementation from the Nursing Midwifery Strategy Reserve in 2020/2021.

Further information

Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office by email or phone (02) 9391 9528 if you require more information. ​

Page Updated: Thursday 16 April 2020
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