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. 

Applied Vision Association Travel Bursary 2019

The College is offering up to 6 Travel Bursaries for College members to attend the Applied Vision Association (AVA) Spring Meeting 2019 in Farnborough, Hampshire, on 15 April. Members must be a current postgraduate student or an early career researcher employed by a UK university or hospital.

 

The Information for Applicants and Application Form are available below. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2019, and completed forms should be sent to: researchteam@college-optometrists.org

 

More information on the AVA Spring Meeting 2019 is available here.

 

 

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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, and strongly encourages all applicants to contact the College prior to Stage 1 application to discuss initial proposals.

Unfortunately the deadline for Stage 1 applications for 2018 has now passed. The 2018 Terms and Conditions and Stage 1 Application Form are available below for reference.

 

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Research Fellowships

The closing date for applications for Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. Applications for Research Fellowships will next be invited from November 2019.

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.

Unfortunately the closing date for applications for Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2019 round are available below for information.

 

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Clinical Research Fellowships

The closing date for applications for Clinical Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. Applications for Clinical Research Fellowships will next be invited from November 2019.

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.

Unfortunately the closing date for applications for Clinical Research Fellowships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2019 round are available below for information.

 

 

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Postgraduate Scholarships

The closing date for applications for Postgraduate Scholarships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships will next be invited from November 2019.

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.

Unfortunately the closing date for applications for Postgraduate Scholarships to be awarded in 2019 has now passed. The Information for Applicants and Application Form for the 2019 round are available below for information.

 

 

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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.

Applications are open for 2018-19, and the Information for Applicants and Application Form are below.

 

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Travel Bursaries

Please note, all of the available Travel Bursaries for 2018-19 have now been awarded. Travel Bursaries for 2019-2020 will be available on 1 October 2019.

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.

All the Travel Bursaries available for 2018-19 have now been awarded. The Information for Applicants and Application Form for 2018-19 are available below for information.

 

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Other research funding awards

  • Joint College and International Glaucoma Association (IGA) research grant: this is a joint grants programme that provides Research Awards up to the value of £25,000 for research into glaucoma. They are administered by the IGA, and are not currently open for application.

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

  • Applied Vision Association (AVA): The AVA Travel Awards provide funding (up to £750) to support attendance at any conference or meeting at which the awardee will be presenting a paper or poster. Admissible costs are transport, registration, accommodation and subsistence (max £20/day) at a conference. Students registered for a PhD (and post-docs within 5 years of achieving their PhD) who are AVA members and have attended at least one AVA meeting in the 18 months previous to the application deadline are eligible. The closing date is 1 April 2019, and more information is 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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