Project Grant Awards

Fight for Sight’s mission is to stop sight loss by funding the highest quality clinical and non-clinical early 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 is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and complies with the AMRC’s guidelines on peer review. Fight for Sight’s project grant awards are highly competitive. Up to £250,000 is available over three years 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 strongly 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 welcome.

Award

Applications are invited for stand-alone projects which aim to address sight loss caused by any eye disease or condition. Applications are particularly encouraged which are relevant to our strategic priorities:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

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.

Glaucoma

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

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.

Eligibility

  • 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 grant awards are open for clinical and non-clinical research projects
  • An applicant can apply once as a ‘lead applicant / supervisor’ and once as a ‘co-applicant / supervisor’ either respectively in the project grant scheme and PhD studentship scheme, or two applications in the same scheme
  • If two applications are submitted in the project grant scheme, no application will be accepted in the PhD studentship scheme and vice versa
  • If an applicant is a ‘collaborator’, there is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted in the project grant scheme and/or PhD studentship scheme
  • New investigators are permitted to apply as a researcher co-applicant and request their salary on the grant if applicable
  • Project grant awards 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. 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 grant awards support the recruitment of a post-doctoral researcher to perform the project
  • Applications includes costs for
    • salary (for the person(s) carrying out the research)
    • consumables
    • animal costs
    • equipment essential for the project
    • open access publication costs
  • Exclude salary contribution to the lead applicant or co-applicant(s). Project grant awards cannot be used to fund a PhD student for the work
  • Exclude indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs
  • Exclude recruitment costs

For more details on the eligibility criterion or the financial support offered, please see our guidance document below.

Deadlines

The deadline for abstract applications is 1 July 2021. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full application submissions will be 28 October 2021. The successful applicants of the 2021-2022 grants round will be notified in April 2022.

Contact us

For any queries relating to your proposal please contact Fight for Sight at grants@fightforsight.org.uk.   

Applications must be submitted via our online  grants management system 

Late applications will not be considered.


Project Grant Scheme Application Guidance
Terms and Conditions