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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.

Apply for the Pitts Crick Career Development Fellowship

We are accepting applicants to our new three-year post-doctoral research fellowship, awarded in honour of our golden jubilee anniversary.

Open grants

Glaucoma UK and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Research Award 2024 (£100,000)

  • 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. 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. 
 
Glaucoma UK encourages patient orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma. 

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

Glaucoma UK Health and Social Care Professionals Research Award

  • Closing date: 15 May 2024. 
  • Up to £100,000.
  • Available to health and social care professionals (excluding ophthalmologists) to further glaucoma research.

We have up to £100,000 available to fund research by health and social care professionals, such as nurses, optometrists, orthoptists, vision scientists, psychologists, and others, into glaucoma and related conditions. This award is unique in our grants portfolio as it is not open to ophthalmologists. If you’re not sure if you can apply, please email research@glaucoma.uk and we will be happy to assist you and advise on this.

The research can be laboratory or clinic based and should aim to further our knowledge about glaucoma or related conditions. Glaucoma UK encourages patient orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma.

To apply for this award, please email your completed application form and embedded or separate CV to research@glaucoma.uk. The closing date for applications is 15 May 2024.

This award was previously presented to ‘The GHOST Study’, pioneered by Dr Jeremy Tan, Ophthalmologist, and Dr Neeru Vallabh, Consultant Ophthalmologist. The study evaluates the ocular structure and vascularity following glaucoma filtration surgery using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The GHOST Study is prospective in nature, following patients over a three-year period, with cohort recruitment expected in 2024.

The study serves as the foundational research for Mr Matt Roney, Specialist Optometrist at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust and PhD student at the University of Liverpool. He said, “I am excited to conduct my PhD study at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool, under the guidance of Dr Neeru Vallabh, Professor Yalin Zheng, and Dr Carl Sheridan. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Glaucoma UK, St Paul’s Research Foundation, the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust for their invaluable and continued support in this important project.”

Glaucoma UK Open Call Research Award 2024

  • Closing date: 25 June 2024.
  • Up to £50,000.
  • Open to any glaucoma-related research. 

The Glaucoma UK Open Call Research Award aims to support innovative research in the field of glaucoma by providing funding to individual researchers or collaborative research partnerships. The award is open to both clinical and non-clinical researchers who wish to contribute to our understanding of glaucoma, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for glaucoma patients. We welcome applications from both established researchers and new investigators, including those from fields outside of vision research.

The award seeks to fund research projects that demonstrate the potential to advance our knowledge of glaucoma and contribute to our charitable goal of ending preventable glaucoma sight loss. All proposals should clearly articulate how the study aligns with this vision and outline the expected outcomes and impact of the research.

The Glaucoma UK Open Call Research Award is an excellent opportunity for researchers to pursue novel glaucoma research and contribute to the prevention of glaucoma-related sight loss.

To apply for this award, please email your completed application form and embedded or separate CV to research@glaucoma.uk. The closing date for applications is 25 June 2024.

If you have any questions about this award or our other grants, please contact research@glaucoma.uk.

Closed grants

United Kingdom & Eire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) Research Award 2023

  • Up to £50,000.
  • Open to any glaucoma-related research.

The UKEGS Research Award is open to UKEGS members and supports innovative glaucoma research that will ultimately lead to improving outcomes for patients.

Funded by Glaucoma UK and UKEGS, an award of up to £50,000 is available with for projects where the impact of the work will be on patient care, scientific advance or understanding of glaucoma. Consideration is given to the scientific content, presentation, ethical considerations and value for money. Previous recent grants have been awarded to look at microglial cells in work on retinal cell damage, and promoting trabeculectomy survival after cataract surgery.

Applications have now closed.

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 below for further details.

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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