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 one is to assess the feasibility and relevance of the project proposed. If successful, applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. The College is available to support applicants to develop their applications at both stages.

Download the terms and conditions for further information:

The Small Grants Scheme is currently closed to applications - look out for more information in enews.

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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.

Applications are currently invited, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017, with a final decision made in May 2017. Potential applicants should read the Information for Applicants, complete the Application Form and ask the Head of Department to complete the Confirmation of Support Form.

 

 

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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 are currently invited, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017, with a final decision made in May 2017. Potential applicants should read the Information for Applicants, complete the Application Form and ask their Head of Department to complete the Confirmation of Support Form.

 

 

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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 are made by prospective supervisors, with successful applicants recruiting the scholar directly. Applications are currently invited, with a deadline for receipt of applications of 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017, with a final decision made in May 2017.

Download the Information for Applicants to find out more, and apply using the Application Form.

 

 

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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. They are made by prospective project supervisors, although scholars are welcome to be involved in the application process and this will be looked upon favourably.

Download the Information for Applicants to find out more, and apply using the Application Form.

 

 

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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.

Download the Information for Applicants for further information, and apply using the Application Form.

 

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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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