Current funding opportunities

 

Our Vision - Save Sight. Change Lives.

All applications must align with the Research Strategy, where the research aims to address sight loss caused by any eye condition. Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation funds research along the following patient pathway themes:

  • Understanding: Increasing understanding of how eye diseases and conditions start and develop
  • Prevention: Preventing eye diseases and conditions
  • Diagnosis: Enabling eye diseases and conditions to be detected earlier
  • Treatment: Developing new and improved treatments for eye diseases and conditions

Zakarian Award applications can align with any of the themes above, or the additional two themes:

  • Habilitation: Enabling people with established eye disease to live well with sight loss
  • Health services or policy research: Improving or innovating services and policies

Please refer to the additional information on our policies and Research Grants Assessment Panel. Successful applications are awarded in line with the following terms and conditions.

Applications must be submitted via our online system grants.fightforsight.org.uk.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Grants@fightforsight.org.uk.

Schemes

Please follow the links below to find the grants that best suit your needs:

Project Grants

  • For applicants proposing hypothesis driven clinical or non-clinical stand-alone research projects that aim to address sight loss caused by any eye condition.
  • Up to £250,000 for up to three years.
  • The scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 29 May 2024.
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PhD Studentships

  • For supervisors proposing a PhD programme with the aim to encourage the development of talented, highly motivated graduates in ophthalmic and vision research.
  • Up to £135,000 (outside London) and £143,000 (in London) for up to four years.
  • The scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 26 June 2024.
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Zakarian Awards

  • For members of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to gain experience and undertake ophthalmic and vision research, which could lead onto further research opportunities.
  • Up to £25,000 for up to one year.
  • The scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 19 June 2024.
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Small Grants

  • For applicants to collect preliminary/pilot data to make research ideas more competitive when developing larger, follow-on funding applications in vision research.
  • Up to £15,000 for up to one year.
  • The scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 24 July 2024.
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Medical Research Council / Fight for Sight Clinical Research Training Fellowship

  • This funding competition is held three times a year with applications invited from February, July and October.
  • Open to clinically qualified professionals, active in the field of ophthalmology requiring registration for a research degree, usually a PhD.
  • Funding for 100% justified costs for three years.
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