The 2021 Moondance Cancer Initiative Innovation Time Awards are open to staff working within either Hywel Dda or Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.

About you

  • Applicants should have a clear interest in applying their skills to introducing high-quality innovations with potential to scale across Wales if proven effective
  • Applicants should usually be a member of NHS staff (doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinical scientists, and others) or staff contracted to the NHS in Wales, in either primary care, secondary care, community care or public health
  • Ideally applicants must be in a position to commence activities within a maximum of two to three months of the award


  • Applicants are encouraged to create the best team for the task in hand. This may include outside bodies with relevant expertise or kit. Award funds can however generally only cover protected time for applicants that fit the criteria above
  • Some funding can be used to cover associated costs, which may include some payments to partner organisations, but this is anticipated to be a limited percentage of the overall funding request.

Support & mentoring

  • Applicants must have the support of the relevant clinical director (or equivalent) of their employer organisation, and other participating organisations if relevant
  • Applicants should have (a) named mentor(s), with expertise in the innovation being applied; they may be based anywhere globally

If you have a great idea to improve cancer outcomes in Wales that doesn’t fit within the awards criteria, then we would still love to hear from you. Get in touch

What can you expect after you apply?