Small Grants Competition now closed.
Thank you to all who entered. Results will be announced at the end of the month.
The Foundation is once again running its annual Small Grants Competition which is open to all members of St. James’s Hospital staff. With this programme, the Foundation aims to support, during 2016, small-scale initiatives and projects within the hospital that will improve how patients are treated and/or their welfare or general wellbeing, staff education and research and the general environment of the campus for the benefit of patients, visitors and all staff.
Individual grants will be awarded up to €2,500. The funds to provide these grants represent unsolicited general donations and this year €50,000 is available for the programme.
Last year, the Foundation’s Grants Committee approved funding for 51 purchases and initiatives in the 2014 Small Grants Competition.
The 51 awards approved represented primarily small items of equipment and small initiatives that will hopefully improve the lives of patients and benefit staff in their work. Dr Chris Soraghan, Senior Medical Physicist (Technologies for Older People), speaking about the funding he received, commented, “We have found that the Foundation Grant is a very important enabler for advancing patient experience and innovation in the hospital. This year’s multidisciplinary grant between Occupational Therapy (with Senior Occupational Therapist, Claire Dolan) and Medical Physics & Bioengineering enables us to explore how technology could support the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis to help manage their condition. We are very grateful to the St James’s Hospital Foundation for this great initiative … to support inter-departmental staff who wish to collaborate on new ways of supporting healthcare delivery using technology; and we very much appreciate our respective departments for supporting us in doing this work.”