Apply for funding

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

Current funding awards

£100,000 PhD Studentship

Closing date: 30 October 2020


Up to £100,000 is available for a PhD Studentship to start in 2021. We welcome proposals that are hypothesis driven, innovative, involve high quality scientific methodologies and are supported by robust preliminary data.

The award will be made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis.

Applications will be assessed according to scientific merit, the likelihood of a conclusive outcome, potential impact, quality of supporting evidence and value for money. The project should also include high quality training and development opportunities for the PhD student.

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Application Form – PhD Studentship Award 2020

Application Guidance – Glaucoma UK PhD Studentship Award 2020

Terms and Conditions – Glaucoma UK PhD Studentship Award 2020

£50,000 Allied Healthcare Professionals Award 2020


Closed: application review October 2020. The successful applicant will be announced shortly after the review.

£100,000 Ophthalmology Research Funding 2020


Closed: decision delayed to Autumn 2020

Coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 is putting an enormous strain on front line healthcare workers across the UK, so we have unfortunately had to delay the awards process for Glaucoma UK research grants to allow our NHS colleagues to focus on those needing their help. We are aware that researchers will also struggle to recruit patients to new trials under the current circumstances, so a delay makes practical sense for our researchers too.

Please rest assured that research into the cause and treatment of glaucoma remains a top priority for Glaucoma UK, and we will bring you news of the awards as soon as the grants panels are able to meet again.

The grant making process

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 trustee Nick Strouthidis MBBS MD PhD FRCS FRCOphth FRANZCO. 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.

For more details see our FAQs

National Institute for Health Research support

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 funding FAQs for further details.

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