Regional Innovation Fund (RIF)

The Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) is an annual awards scheme which provides resources to support and promote the adoption and spread of innovation across the NHS. The fund provides an opportunity for the NHS to change lives, helping clinicians to work in new ways, and driving the changes that patients want to see.

The RIF was initially delivered through Strategic Health Authorities (SHA), but when they defunct in 2013, responsibility for the fund moved to NHS England.

Innovation funds, like the RIF support the changing culture of the NHS to one that embraces innovation by encouraging strong partnerships with industry and third sector and the adoption of new technologies.

The Regional Innovation Fund 2014/15

A total of £2.5m was made available for the 2014/15 fund to organisations applying to the RIF. The fund was open to all NHS organisations, including NHS England staff, Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSNs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Applications were clinician-led and organisations were able to apply for up to £50,000 individually, or up to £250,000 as a partnership.

Further guidance on making a Regional Innovation Fund application

RIF is closed for 2014/15 but you can find out more background information about the RIF and the application criteria used this year by downloading the latest RIF guidance.

Regional Innovation Fund winners

Details of this year’s RIF winners and previous years are below:

Innovation case studies

You can view a range of case studies from NHS providers who are delivering innovations within the NHS.

More information about the Regional Innovation Fund

For more information about the RIF, contact the NHS England Innovation Team by emailing:

You can also follow the conversation around the RIF and other NHS England innovation programmes by using the hashtag #NHSInnovation or by tweeting @NHS_innovation