Spark Seed Funding

Applications for Spark Seed Funding now open!!

Do you have an idea that could help your patients or colleagues?  Spark Seed Funding can be used to jump-start your project by providing you with the resources you need to turn your idea into action. Through Spark Seed Funding, you can access micro-funding and enrol in a workshop where you can refine your idea and get the mentorship you need for implementation.

Applications for Spark Seed Funding will be open until September 27th. You can apply here. Workshops will take place in October.

We welcome ideas for a range of innovations, from process improvements to the introduction of new devices. Preference is given to smaller projects which are feasible, bring value to the health service and have the potential to be scaled up. 

 

Spark Seed Funding has previously been used to support:

- Printing of referral forms and pro formas

- App development

- Workshops for students and trainees

- Educational materials for patients and healthcare providers

- Wellbeing events and initiatives

- Purchase of new software or medical devices

 

If you need help further developing your idea, please contact spark@hse.ie.

When applying for Spark Seed Funding, you will need to give details of the amount of funding sought and why this amount is required. An individual NCHD may receive up to 2 funding awards per year (July to July). Previous recipients of Spark Seed Funding can apply again for new projects or for new phases of previous projects.

 

Even if you think your idea is not the right fit for Spark, you should still submit your application. We can advise you on other options and put you in touch with other groups who might be able to help.

Application requirements: 

All applications must be made using the online application form by September 27th.

If you are applying for funding of up to €1000, the SMART goals should be used to describe the project.  

There is no one correct way to write a SMART objective, but it is helpful to think through some of the following tips: 

Specific:             Be clear and concise. Use action verbs and short sentences. 

Measurable:     May be numeric or descriptive of quantity, quality or cost. How will you show that the objective has been met? 

Achievable:      The aims should be appropriately limited in scope and within your control and sphere of influence. Think about who you may need to support you, e.g. your Consultant, the Clinical Nurse Manager on your ward, the secretary in your GP practice. 

Relevant:          Measure outputs or results, not activities. 

Timely:              Identify target dates, including important milestones, and make simple plans to monitor progress. 

 Adapted from UCL Human Resources

 

If you are requesting funding of  €1001 to €3000 please use the SMARTER goals to describe your project. 

There is no one correct way to write a SMARTER objective, but it is helpful to think through some of the following tips: 

Specific:           Be clear and concise. Use action verbs and short sentences.

 Measurable:   May be numeric or descriptive of quantity, quality or cost. How will you show that the objective has been met? 

 Achievable:     The aims should be appropriately limited in scope (it is better to split big stretching objectives into sub stretching objectives for clarity, especially if there are different deadlines, targets or measures) and within your control and sphere of influence. Think about who you may need to support you, e.g. your Consultant, the Clinical Nurse Manager on your ward, the secretary in your GP practice. 

 Relevant:         Measure outputs or results, not activities. 

 Timely:             Identify target dates, including important milestones, and make simple plans to monitor progress. 

 Extending:      Your project should be challenging and should make a difference to established ways of doing things. Does it link to the bigger picture/goals?  Think about collaboration, interoperability, scalability. 

 Rewarding:      What's in it for you as an NCHD, as well as for the clinical site? What motivates you to want to complete this project? Is it something you can are passionate about? 

Adapted from UCL Human Resources

 

Projects that require funding of more than €3,000 require special support. Please contact spark@hse.ie with a short description of your project and we will contact you with further information on the next steps. 

 If you have any questions about Spark Seed Funding please email spark@hse.ie