Project Grants

Fight for Sight supports original and ground breaking research into the prevention and treatment of sight loss and eye disease. Applications are invited for Fight for Sight Project Grants to conduct research into any of the charity’s six research priority areas as detailed in the Charity’s Research Strategy 2012-2017. In addition the charity is keen to address the priorities identified by the Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership.


A Fight for Sight Project Grant provides a grant of up to £170,000 for three years, or pro rata for projects of a shorter duration, to clinical and non-clinical research scientists to undertake research in all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.

It is a highly prestigious award made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis allowing a rigorous, fair and transparent selection process. In the 2017 Grants Round Fight for Sight received 43 abstract applications, invited 18 full applications and awarded 6 Project Grants.

Fight for Sight is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and complies with its guidelines for best practice. Fight for Sight passed the AMRC’s 2015 Peer Review Audit.


  • Applicants must be attached to UK academic or medical institutions.
  • Applicants must have a contract which extends beyond the termination date of the award.
  • The research may be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • Please note that Fight for Sight will only accept one Project Grant application from the same individual acting either as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator.

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 indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
  • Excludes recruitment costs.


The call for the Project Grants is now closed. The next call for abstract submissions will open on  Wednesday 15 August 2018. The deadline will be 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Application must be submitted via our online system
Late applications will not be considered.

  Online application key steps What to expect online (Abstracts) Terms and Conditions

Grants Assessment Panel

The Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) members help us in assessing applications and make recommendations to the Grants Committee.

For more details about the grant making process please look at our Research Strategy 2012-2017.