Applications open on 25 March 2024 and close on 24 May 2024

​Innovation scholarships provide up to $15,000 to support nurses and midwives to trial and apply new ideas and innovative change that improves clinical practice, patients experience and outcomes in the public health system.

An innovative approach is usually something that hasn't been tried before, or a new approach to an existing problem or issue.

The World Health Organisation defines health innovation as a new or improved solution with the transformative ability to accelerate positive health impact.


To be eligible to apply for an innovation scholarship applicants must be:

  • A nurse or midwife who is a permanent full or part-time employee of NSW Health
  • Leading an innovative project that addresses at least one of the following priority areas:
    • person centred care
    • quality and safety
    • integrated care
    • Future Health Strategic Framework outcomes
    • compassionate practice
    • enhancing workplace culture and staff wellbeing
    • new models of care to strengthen nursing and midwifery practice
  • Endorsed for the project by their local health district/specialty network Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Guidelines and conditions

  • Funding will not be awarded for services that are core business of local health districts/specialty networks
  • The innovation scholarships do not fund the research component of projects
  • Funding cannot be used for tertiary education or other courses
  • Submissions that have already received a NSW Ministry of Health Nursing and Midwifery innovation scholarship will not be considered
  • The project must be finished within 12 months of receiving funding
  • Only up to 25% of funding requested can be provided for items of capital expenditure, travel, accommodation, equipment or other similar expenses
  • 80% of an applicant team must be nurses and/or midwives employed in the NSW public health system
  • The team leader needs to provide a progress summary report to the Nursing and Midwifery Office 6 months after the project begins and when it is completed

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.

How to apply

Applications open on 25 March 2024 and close on 24 May 2024

Please complete the Innovation Application Form (NOTE: right click and select "save link as"), and get a letter of support from your local health district/specialty network Director of Nursing and Midwifery, and email to Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Successful applicants will be notified around 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.

Funding will be provided to local health districts/specialty networks via budget supplementation from the Nursing Midwifery Strategy Reserve in 2024/2025.

Applicants should review the conditions and guidelines prior to submitting an application.

Contact us

If you have any further questions, please email  Nursing and Midwifery Office or phone (02) 9391 9528.

Current as at: Wednesday 13 March 2024
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