Project Grants

Fight for Sight’s mission is to stop sight loss by funding the highest quality medical research. We support original and ground breaking ophthalmic and vision research which aims to;

• Increase our understanding of how eye diseases and conditions start and develop
• Prevent eye diseases and conditions occurring
• Enable eye diseases and conditions to be detected earlier
• Develop new and improved treatments for eye diseases and conditions

Fight for Sight’s Project Grant is highly competitive. Up to £250,000 is offered to applicants proposing research projects which are hypothesis driven, innovative, involve high quality scientific methodologies and are supported by robust preliminary data. Projects involving collaborative/multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Fight for Sight is committed to building research capacity in ophthalmic and vision research. Applications from new investigators and those currently working in fields outside of vision research are welcomed. 

Project Grants are made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis. The scheme follows a rigorous two-stage application process. It is expected that a maximum of 15 applications will progress to the Full Application stage to allow for a for a competitive success rate. For more details of the assessment process please visit our grant making process.  


Applications are invited for stand-alone projects which aim to address sight loss caused by any eye disease or condition. Applications are particularly encouraged in the areas of our Strategic Programmes:

Age-related macular degeneration
Applications that look to address sight loss caused by AMD, including better understanding of disease mechanisms, progression of dry AMD to wet AMD, and novel therapeutic interventions.

Applications that investigate all aspects of glaucoma from improving diagnostics which could aid early interventions to improved therapeutics.

Inherited eye diseases
Applications that investigate all aspects of inherited eye disease which would improve our understanding of the molecular causes and lead to better prognosis and novel therapeutics. This includes, but is not limited to, inherited eye conditions of the cornea, lens and retina.

Sight loss linked to other diseases (Multi-morbidities)
Applications will help increase our understanding of how sight loss co-exists with other long-term conditions and the similarities in disease mechanisms/pathways. This could include, but is not limited to angiogenesis in vascular conditions, diabetes, inflammatory conditions and Alzheimer’s disease.

Fight for Sight is pleased to announce the following Project Grant partnerships under this Strategic Programme for this round. 

Fight for Sight / Stroke Association Project Grant to address visual impairment associated with stroke within a multi- disciplinary team. 

Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network Project Grant to support one post-doctoral researcher to address visual impairment associated with Nystagmus.   

For further information about our Strategic Programmes please visit our Research Strategy.

For this round we are also pleased to partner with Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) and the Chief Optometric Adviser for Wales for the Fight for Sight / Welsh Government Project Grant Award to an eligible Host Institution based within Wales. Projects within any area of eye research are eligible, but we are particularly keen to see applications in the fields of myopia and corneal disease.

Myopia is a growing public health concern, reaching epidemic proportions in many parts of the world. Projects addressing better understanding and clinical management of myopia are encouraged. Research areas could include experimental models, myopia genetics, novel interventions and clinical myopia management and best practice.

Another research area of interest is corneal disease, including keratoconus and endothelial dysfunction. Specifically, evidence regarding the effectiveness (both clinical benefit and cost) of epithelium-off corneal cross-linking is of interest.

Applications that look to address sight loss caused by any eye disease or condition will be considered. It is expected that the majority of our funding for Project Grants will be allocated to applications that fall within the Strategic Programme areas.


  • Lead Applicants must be affiliated with UK academic or medical institutions but the research can be undertaken in the UK and/or overseas.
  • Lead Applicants are expected to have a PhD or MD and must have a contract of employment which extends beyond the termination date of the award.
  • Projects Grants are open for clinical and non-clinical research projects.
  • Fight for Sight will accept a maximum of one application as Lead Applicant and one application as Co-applicant per applicant within the round. 
  • New investigators are permitted to apply as a Researcher Co-Applicant and request their salary on the grant if applicable.
  • Project Grants support stand-alone research projects and should be deliverable within their own right, without dependence on other projects which may/may not be funded.

Financial support and duration

  • Awards of up to £250,000 for up to three years. This value is no longer pro rata and applications can be made for projects of a shorter duration up to the maximum funding value. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate feasibility, scientific excellence and value for money. 
  • Project Grants support the recruitment of a post-doctoral researcher to perform the project.
  • Includes the costs of
    • salary (for the person(s) carrying out the research);
    • consumables;
    • equipment essential for the project;
    • open access publication costs.
  • Excludes salary contribution to the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant(s). Project Grants cannot be used to fund a PhD student for the work.
  • Excludes indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
  • Excludes recruitment costs.
For more details on the eligibility criterion or the financial support offered, please see our guidance document below.


The deadline for abstract applications is 11 July 2019. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full application submissions will be 21 November 2019. The successful applicants of the 2019-2020 grants round will be notified in April 2020.

Contact us

For any queries relating to your proposal please contact Fight for Sight at   

Queries relating to the Fight for Sight/Stroke Association Project Grant may also be sent to

Applications must be submitted via our online  grants management system 
Late applications will not be considered.

Project Grant Scheme Application Guidance 2020
Terms and Conditions

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