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The Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund

The Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund (NOHF, formerly Oxford and District Hospitals Improvement and Development Fund) gives grants to a total of around £300,000 every year.

The source of funds was a generous benefaction from Lord Nuffield in 1937 and NOHF is a registered charity, No. 212575. There is an annual cycle of grant applications, which must be submitted by the end of January each year.

Every application must demonstrate that it is for:

'the raising of the standard of the hospital or hospitals concerned in order to assist the development and carrying on of the Oxford University Medical School'.

NOHF is happy to receive applications for items of equipment or larger scale projects. In the past, grants have funded projects in many specialties at the Radcliffe Infirmary, John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital, Horton General Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the mental health hospitals, and have included:

  • an extension to William Osler House
  • manikins for the Resuscitation Department
  • multi-headed microscopes
  • books for the Cairns Library
  • equipment for seminar rooms
  • equipment for medical illustration
  • funds for the Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee.

Applications are presented to the Trustees who meet in May or June each year.

There are seven Trustees, including two doctors: Dr Anne Thomson, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Mr Julian Britton, who worked at the Trust as Consultant Surgeon until his retirement.

The Chairman is Professor Andrew Carr. The Secretary is Richard Sonley, who works closely with the Medical Sciences Division.

How to apply

Application forms, including further information, are available to download from the Medical Sciences Division:

Download the NOHF application form

Please email the completed form to:

If you have any difficulty obtaining the form, please contact Sonia Power at the above email address.

Postal address

Medical Sciences Office
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Last reviewed:25 November 2021