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 were developed to 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 in 2017 has now passed. Information about Research Fellowships available in 2018 will appear here in late November 2017. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2017 round of Fellowships is available below for reference.

 

 

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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.

Unfortunately the closing date for applications in 2017 has now passed. Information about Clinical Research Fellowships available in 2018 will appear here in late November 2017. The Information for Applicants, Application Form and Confirmation of Support Form for the 2017 round of Fellowships is available below for reference.

 

 

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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.

Unfortunately the closing date for applications in 2017 has now passed. Information about Postgraduate Scholarships available in 2018 will appear here in late November 2017. The Information for Applicants and Application Form for the 2017 round of Postgraduate Scholarships is available below for reference.

 

 

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Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Unfortunately, the available Undergraduate Research Scholarships for 2016-17 have all now been awarded. Scholarships available in the year 2017-18 will be available from 1 October 2017.

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 2016-17 are available below for information.

 

 

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Travel Bursaries

Unfortunately all the Travel Bursaries for 2016-17 have now been awarded. Travel Bursaries will next be available on 1 October 2017.

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 2016-17 are available below for information.

 

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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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