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Have you got a great idea that you’d like to get £30,000 of funding for?

Q Exchange is Q’s £600,000 funding programme. Funded by the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement, it offers Q members the chance to develop project ideas and submit bids for up to £30,000 of funding.

Applicants will have the opportunity to refine and develop their ideas with the help of the Q community through a collaborative online process.

This year we are seeking project ideas on the theme ‘Embedding positive changes emerging through new collaborations or partnerships during COVID-19.’  

Up to 30 projects will be shortlisted and will go forward to the Q community vote where Q members vote on which projects receive funding. The winners will be announced in March 2021.

Proposals have now been submitted and shortlisting panels are reviewing the ideas. The shortlist will be announced in January 2021.

The announcement of the 2020 shortlist has been delayed for a short period of time. We look forward to updating you by Friday 22 January 2021.

£600,000 total funding available from the Health Foundation and NHSE&I, with up to £30,000 for each project

30 teams with collaboratively developed ideas, shortlisted for the Q community online vote

Q community members will vote online to decide which projects will receive funding

The Big Idea

Q Exchange aims to activate the knowledge of improvement experts across the UK; to create links between those leading work and those who can help champion, support, adopt these ideas; and to boost ideas that have the best potential to generate value for the health and care system.

Collective wisdom

Involve people who understand improvement to develop and select projects. Support all involved to learn from evidence, emerging ideas, and each other


Create links between those leading work and others who champion, support, help adopt it


Boost ideas judged to have the best potential to generate insight and value for patients, staff, and the health and care system

The Timeline

  1. Calendar icon: SEPT - 2020 SEPT2020

    Idea generation

    Upload your Q Exchange idea from 1 September 2020 and start to develop your idea with the support of the Q community

  2. Calendar icon: OCT - 2020 OCT2020

    Refine your idea

    Convert your idea into a proposal on the website by 12.00 on Tuesday 20 October 2020 for it to be considered by the shortlisting panels

  3. Calendar icon: NOV - 2020 NOV2020


    Shortlisting panels will assess proposals and select up to 30 projects to go forward to the vote. Shortlisted projects will be announced 8 January 2021.

  4. Calendar icon: JAN - 2021 JAN2021

    Community vote

    Q members will vote online to decide which projects will receive funding. Winners will be announced in March 2021.

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