Small Grant Awards Scheme

Awards under this scheme are designed to provide support for clinical research studies only. The studies are to be conducted into any of the charity’s six research priority areas. In addition the charity is keen to address the priorities identified by the Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership.

Awards

Fight for Sight is very pleased to be collaborating with other charities in the sector and applications are being invited for the following:

      • The Fight for Sight / Alzheimer's Research UK Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing dementia and visual impairment.

      • The Fight for Sight / Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Small Grant Awards
        One award for clinical research into treatments and outcomes for retinoblastoma so that treatment is more effective and the negative impact on those affected is reduced.

      • The Fight for Sight / International Glaucoma Association Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing glaucoma.

      • The Fight for Sight / National Eye Research Centre Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research into the causes of eye disease, the development of treatments or the prevention of sight loss. This award is open to any eye condition.

      • The Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network Small Grant Award
        Two awards for clinical research projects focusing on either quality of life, causes (including genetic), diagnostic testing / analysis or treatments.  

      • The Fight for Sight / The Dystonia Society Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research into blepharospasm. All research applications relating to blepharospasm are welcome although projects investigating new treatment techniques, secondary activities to reduce symptoms and the assessment of non-motor symptoms are particularly encouraged.

      • The Fight for Sight / Thomas Pocklington Trust Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing myopia.
         
      • The Fight for Sight / Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing thyroid eye disease.

      • The Fight for Sight / Keratoconus Group Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing keratoconus.

      • The Fight for Sight / AZOOR Society Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research into AZOOR, to build understanding of the disease in order to support the treatment and maintenance within early stages of disease progression. Applications investigating the early diagnosis of AZOOR are particularly encouraged.

      • The Hans Hirsch Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research to address visual impairment caused by any eye condition. 

      • The Fight for Sight Achromatopsia Small Grant Award
        One award for clinical research addressing achromatopsia.

Applicants whose research falls into one of the areas covered by this scheme should indicate in their application under which Joint Small Grant Award their proposal should be considered.

Fight for Sight is an NIHR Partner Organisation which means that clinical studies we fund are eligible for inclusion in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio. This allows the study team to have access to clinical infrastructure/NHS Service Support through the NIHR Clinical Research Networks.

Fight for Sight operates a Peer Review system that the charity believes enables an equitable and efficient way to review grant applications. Fight for Sight is unable to provide feedback for the Small Grant Awards Schemes.

Eligibility

      • Applicant must be affiliated with a UK academic or medical institutions.
      • Applicants must have a contract which extends beyond the termination date of the award.
      • These awards are limited to clinical research projects in the field of ophthalmology and vision science. Clinical research is research that either directly involves human participants or uses materials from patients (including human samples and human data).
      • These awards must not involve the use of animals or animal derived cell lines / samples.

Financial support and duration

      • Awards for up to £15,000.
      • Includes the costs of
        • employment (except Applicants; clinical applicants are expected to have protected research time in their NHS contracts);
        • Open access publication costs
        • consumables; and
        • equipment essential for the project.
      • Excludes indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
      • These awards are tenable for up to 12 months.
      • These awards are not to be used to top-up existing grants.

Deadline

The call for "Small Grant Awards" is now closed. The closing date for application submissions was 5pm on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Application must be submitted via our online system grants.fightforsight.org.uk
Late applications will not be considered.

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Assessment Panel

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