Call for Research Grant Applications
Retina UK invites applications for funding for high quality research projects looking at the causes and potential treatments for all forms of inherited retinal disease. Potential applicants should note that only projects that are clearly focused on our charitable objectives will be considered.
The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) meet after each submission deadline to discuss applications so that their recommendations can be considered by the Board of Trustees at their next meeting.
Deadlines and application forms
Due to challenges around the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be considering any research applications for the remainder of 2020.
Retina UK normally holds up to three grant application rounds each year. Application deadlines will be posted here once we are in a position to put out a call.
The application process
We suggest that potential applicants first consult our Research Strategy and ensure that proposals are aligned with this: Retina UK Research Strategy
Brief descriptions of work we are currently supporting can be found in Research we fund
Applicants should submit, by the preliminary application deadline, a short outline of the intended research project to the charity. Please use the preliminary application form and email completed form to grants@RetinaUK.org.uk
The charity mainly – but not exclusively – funds research work in the UK. Applications from other countries will be considered but are only likely to be financed if a project is deemed “exceptional” by our MAB and demonstrates meaningful collaboration with UK scientists and institutions.
Full applications are peer reviewed and considered by the MAB. Peer review takes place in line with guidelines from the Association of Medical Research Charities, of which Retina UK is a member.
The MAB then make recommendations for grant funding to the Board of Trustees for formal approval. At this point a commitment is made for the first year of grant funding, subsequent years are approved in principle subject to research progress and, of course, the charity’s finances.
Applicants will be kept informed throughout the process.