Research funding awards

We are working to build an evidence base for the profession by funding community, university and hospital-based researchers at all levels.

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Practical and financial support for members undertaking research 

Members can apply for a range of grants and bursaries. They can also access expert advice and guidance, on developing practice-based research from the College's research team, which includes practice-based research advisers and a statistician. 

Small Grants Scheme

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus, unfortunately the 2020 Small Grant Scheme will not take place. We hope to be able to offer a Scheme in 2021, but please watch College mailings or check back here for the latest information.

The Small Grants Scheme provides funding to enable College members to develop their research expertise by undertaking small-scale, practice-based research projects. It provides help and support on all aspects of planning, undertaking and reporting on a research project through the College Research Team, our Research Advisers and Statistician.

The College is available to support applicants to develop their applications and strongly encourages all applicants to contact the College prior to application to discuss initial proposals.

The 2019 Information and Conditions document and the 2019 Stage 1 Application Form are below for information.

 

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Research Fellowships

Unfortunately the College will not be offering a Research Fellowship in 2021 due to the continuing likely impact of COVID-19 on the experience of our funded researchers. If you have any queries regarding this please contact researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

The College Research Fellowships support post-doctoral research trainees, working as lecturers, to make the transition to proven independent investigator. The funding can be used to buy equipment or cover teaching time.

The deadline for applications for the Research Fellowship to be awarded in 2020 has now passed. The documentation for 2020 is provided below for information.

 

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Clinical Research Fellowships

Unfortunately the College will not be offering a Clinical Research Fellowship in 2021 due to the continuing likely impact of COVID-19 on the experience of our funded researchers. If you have any queries regarding this please contact researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

The College Clinical Research Fellowships enables staff in hospital settings to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to proven independent investigator. Hospital optometrists with a PhD are eligible for funding for equipment or to cover clinical time.

The deadline for applications for the Clinical Research Fellowship to be awarded in 2020 has now passed. The documentation for 2020 is provided below for information.

 

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Postgraduate Scholarships

Unfortunately the College will not be offering Postgraduate Scholarships in 2021 due to the continuing likely impact of COVID-19 on the experience of our funded researchers. If you have any queries regarding this please contact researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

The College's Postgraduate Scholarships provide funding for full or part time research projects leading to the award of a PhD, at institutions within the UK. The funding provides a stipend for the Scholar, tuition fees and some essential research expenses.

The deadline for applications for the Postgraduate Scholarships to be awarded in 2020 has now passed. The documentation for 2020 is provided below for information.

 

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Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Unfortunately the College will not be offering Undergraduate Research Scholarships in 2021 due to the continuing likely impact of COVID-19 on the experience of our funded researchers. If you have any queries regarding this please contact researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship provides funding for a short period of experience in an active research laboratory. Successful applicants can receive funding for eight weeks employment, which can be split into four week blocks. Successful applicants will receive £2,000 to help cover maintenance costs. Funding is not for the project costs.

Applications are welcomed at any time, on a first-come, first-served basis, until all available Scholarships have been awarded. The applications are made by prospective project Supervisors, although Scholars are welcome to be involved in the application process and this will be looked upon favourably.

The Information for Applicants and Application Form for 2019-20 are below for information.

 

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Travel Bursaries

Unfortunately the College will not be offering Travel Bursaries in 2021 due to the continuing likely impact of COVID-19 on the experience of our funded researchers. If you have any queries regarding this please contact researchteam@college-optometrists.org.

Travel Bursaries provide financial assistance to postgraduate students to enable them to present papers on their research at conferences. They are awarded for either poster or oral presentations, and applicants may request funding for travel, accommodation, event costs, food and subsistence while attending the event.

Applications are welcomed at any time on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that applications must be received no later than one month before the date of travel.

The Information for Applicants and Application Form for 2019-20 are below for information.

 

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Other research funding awards

  • Fight for Sight: for various research funding opportunities provided by Fight for Sight, head to their Funding Opportunities page.

  • International Glaucoma Association (IGA): the IGA funds several different types of award to undertake research into the detection, management and treatment of glaucoma, including a PhD of up to £100,000. They are available here.

The Research Fellowship has enabled me to set up my laboratory in Cardiff University. All of the research is aimed at improving diagnosis and monitoring of retinal diseases like glaucoma, and the funding has ensured that this work continues to be recognised as significant and central to glaucoma management. Guidance and assistance from the College, as the funder, will be invaluable in eventually translating this research to clinical practice.

Dr Tony Redmond MCOptom, Lecturer, Cardiff University

 

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