Call for Research Grant Applications 2019
Retina UK invites applications for funding for high quality research projects looking at the causes, potential treatments, and potential cure for all forms of inherited sight loss. 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 April meeting.
Deadlines and application forms
Preliminary application deadline for project grants: 1 September 2019 (tbc)
Full application deadline for PhD studentships, co-funded by The Macular Society: 8 November 2019. Proposals must have direct relevance to macular dystrophies (preliminary application not required) .
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 email, a short outline of the intended research project to the charity. Please use the preliminary application form at the foot of this page 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 in April. 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.