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Each year we provide a range of research funding opportunities. Find out more about our grants making process and current funding available.

Glaucoma UK and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Research Award 2023 (£100,000)

  • Closing date: 11 April 2023.
  • Up to £100,000.
  • A postgraduate research award to facilitate research into glaucoma.

Glaucoma UK and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists are working in partnership to run this prestigious award which has previously funded a range of research topics from prospective stem cell treatments to the use of big data in patient risk stratification.

This is a postgraduate research award up to the value of £100,000 to facilitate research into glaucoma. Glaucoma UK encourages patient orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma.

Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project. Applications are invited from departments and individuals based in the UK and Ireland, but the research studies may be carried out elsewhere.

This award is funded by Glaucoma UK. The application process is administered by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

To apply for this award, please email your completed application form and embedded or separate CV to education@rcophth.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 11 April 2023.

National Institute for Health Research support

Glaucoma UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial partner. This means the studies we fund may be eligible to access the Study Support Service provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. See our research grants FAQs for further details.

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FAQs about our grants

Budgets are agreed annually in July and are announced here on our website, on social media and through partner organisations. The annual grants budget is typically between £200,000 and £400,000.

Grants are awarded in open competition by an awards panel chaired by a Glaucoma UK trustee. Other panel members are drawn from our Clinical Advisory Panel.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of:

  • scientific content.
  • likelihood of a conclusive outcome of the proposed study.
  • likely impact of the research on patient care or appropriate scientific advance or understanding of glaucoma.
  • location in a suitable institution.
  • presentation.
  • value for money.
  • ethical considerations.
  • whether they address our current strategic research priorities.

All awards are subject to a peer review process.

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