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The College continues to deliver a range of funding for research and its dissemination.  More information on each is available below.

All applications should be sent to researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

Please note that the Information for Applicants and Application Forms in relation to the year-round Awards are changed each 1 October. Please ensure that you are using those relevant to the year 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.
 

Travel Bursaries
Travel Bursaries provide financial assistance to postgraduate students to enable them to present papers on their research at conferences. Bursaries are awarded for either poster or oral presentations.  Up to £1,000 per Bursary is available.

Applications are currently welcome for the Travel Bursaries on a year-round basis.

 

Collaborative Research Award
The Collaborative Research Award provides College members based at universities with funding to work with and/or visit overseas institutions on a specific research project.  Each award is worth up to £15,000.

This Award is not currently available.

 

iPRO Small Grants Scheme
The Small Grants Scheme is available to College Members who wish to carry out small scale research studies within their community practice. Up to £10,000 is available per award.

The deadline for applications for Stage 1 of the Small Grants Scheme in 2016 has passed. Check back here for details of the next round.

Clinical Research Fellowship
The Clinical Research Fellowship is for post-doctoral hospital optometrists and is intended to provide support to consolidate research skills and to encourage the development of optometric career researchers.  The Fellowship provides up to £30,000 over two years.

Applications are now invited for Clinical Research Fellowships, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5.00pm on Monday 6 March 2017.


Research Fellowship
The Research Fellowship is for new academic lecturers and is intended to provide support to set up research labs, buy in teaching and to develop a successful research career.  The Fellowship provides up to £30,000 over two years.

Applications are now invited for Research Fellowships, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5.00pm on Monday 6 March 2017.
 

Post Doctoral Research Award
The Post Doctoral Research Award is intended to provide College members at post doctoral level with an opportunity to be principal investigator on a research project.

This Award is not currently available.

 

Postgraduate Scholarship
The College awards Postgraduate Scholarships on an ongoing basis. Each Scholarship is normally for a maximum of three years full-time research leading to the award of a PhD, but part-time Scholars are also welcome.

Applications are now invited for Postgraduate Scholarships, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5.00pm on Monday 6 March 2017.


Undergraduate Research Scholarship (formerly called Summer Scholarship)
The aim of the Undergraduate Research Scholarship scheme is to encourage high calibre optometry undergraduate students in the UK to consider a career in research or academia by sponsoring a short period of experience in an active research laboratory.  The Scholarship provides up to £2,000 worth of funding.

Applications are currently welcome for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship on a year-round basis.

"The College’s grant made this project possible"

“I wanted to understand more about visual field interpretation, I had a burning question about the possibility of improving the interpretation of results by using feedback from the perimetrist. The College’s grant made this project possible.”

“I’ve written up the research and now need to publish. I’ve had interest in promoting my findings and the next step would be to have my work peer reviewed. It’s slowly had an impact on my practise – it revealed some interesting answers and there are areas I could explore further. The funding came at the right time for me, providing a stepping stone for me to develop my interests further.”  

“To colleagues with an interest in this area I’d say talk to others, start to develop links.  Working with others can be really helpful in terms of generating ideas. I’d stress how important it is to have a clear question to work towards.” 

Dr Subash Sukumar MCOptom