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 a practice-based research adviser and a statistician. 

Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme provides funding to enable College members to develop their research expertise by undertaking small-scale, practice-based research projects, with help and support from experienced researchers.

The application process involves two stages. Stage 1 is to assess the feasibility and relevance of the project proposed. If successful, applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed proposal in Stage 2. The College is available to support applicants to develop their applications at both stages.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications for 2017 has now passed. For information, the Stage 1 Terms and Conditions and Application Form are below. Any applicants interested in applying for the next round in 2018 are strongly encouraged to contact the College Research Team prior to application so that assistance can be provided if appropriate.

 

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Research Fellowships

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.

Applications for Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2018 are now invited. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2018 round is available below.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 19 February 2018.

 

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Clinical Research Fellowships

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.

Applications for Clinical Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2018 are now invited. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2018 round is available below.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 19 February 2018.

 

 

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Postgraduate Scholarships

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.

Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships to be awarded in 2018 are now invited. The Information for Applicants and Application Form for the 2018 round is available below.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 19 February 2018.

 

 

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Undergraduate Research Scholarships

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 2017-2018 are below.

 

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Travel Bursaries

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 2017-18 are below.

 

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Other research funding awards

  • Fight for Sight: now inviting applications for their Small Grant Awards Scheme and the PhD Studentships. Dr Steven Smith will be inviting applications for Project Grants, Fight for Sight / CSO Project Grant and Primer Fellowship Awards in August.

 

 

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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