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.

Fight for Sight Project Grants are highly prestigious awards made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis. The call follows a rigorous two-stage application process. For more details of the assessment process please visit our grant making process.


Applications are now invited for projects to undertake research that aims 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
Fight for Sight welcomes applications that look to address sight loss caused by wet or dry AMD. Research applications that aim to address the progression of early AMD may be evaluated and, if successful, funded in conjunction with Action Against AMD, a collaboration between Fight for Sight and three other sight loss charities.

Fight for Sight welcomes applications that investigate all aspects of glaucoma from improving diagnostics which could aid early interventions to improved therapeutics.

Inherited eye diseases
Fight for Sight welcomes 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.

Sight loss linked to other diseases (Multi-morbidities)
Fight for Sight welcomes applications that will help increase our understanding of how sight loss co-exists with other long-term conditions and the similarities in disease mechanisms and pathways such as diabetes, inflammatory conditions and Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, applications are invited for the Fight for Sight / Alzheimer’s Research UK Project Grant to address dementia and visual impairment and the Fight for Sight / Birdshot Uveitis Society Project Grant. The Fight for Sight / Birdshot Uveitis Society Project Grant welcomes all research applications relating to birdshot uveitis but particularly encourages projects investigating disease activity and biomarkers.

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

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.


  • Applicants must be affiliated with UK academic or medical institutions but the research can be undertaken in the UK and/or overseas.
  • Applicants must have a contract of employment which extends beyond the termination date of the award.
  • Please note that Fight for Sight will only accept one Project Grant application from the same individual acting either as Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant.

Financial support and duration

  • Grant of up to £170,000 for three years or pro rata for projects of shorter duration.
  • 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). This award cannot be used to fund a PhD student for the work.
  • Excludes indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
  • Excludes recruitment costs.


The deadline for abstract applications was 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full application submissions will be 5pm on Wednesday 30 January 2019. The successful applicants of the 2018-2019 grants round will be notified in May 2019.

Contact us

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


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

  Guidelines for Applicants
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