IGA Research Grant Awards 2020

£100,000 PhD Studentship Award 

This new award is a first for the IGA, and will provide a grant of up to £100,000 for 3 years (i.e. c. £33k pa.).

Our aim is to invite applications to investigate any aspect of glaucoma, and to encourage new and highly motivated graduates to pursue a career in ophthalmic and vision research - hopefully glaucoma!

The award will be made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis. Provisionally we expect that applications will be made by the potential PhD supervisor(s), who should be affiliated with UK academic or medical institutions. The student should also be attached to a UK institution, although research may be undertaken in the UK and/or overseas. We expect that grants would include the cost of stipends @ c. £17,000 p.a., PhD fees, consumables, equipment and open access publication costs, but that they would exclude indirect costs and non-attributable overhead costs. However, this may be subject to change.

This is a new award for the IGA and the details and timeline are still being finalised; we will bring more news shortly.

£100,000 for research into the development of digital support services for people living with glaucoma

This is another new departure for the IGA and we are very excited that this award will enable us to work with skilled researchers to develop and test new ways of supporting glaucoma patients, using digital technology.

We are currently drawing up the briefing document and will bring you news as soon as the details are finalised.

£50,000 Allied healthcare professionals award - Closed: decision delayed to Autumn 2020

£100,000 Ophthalmology research funding - Closed: decision delayed to Autumn 2020

Covid-19 is putting an enormous strain on front line healthcare workers across the UK, so we have decided to delay the awards process for IGA research grants to allow our NHS colleagues to focus on those needing their help.  

We are aware that researchers will also struggle to recruit patients to new trials under the current circumstances, so a delay makes practical sense for our researchers too.

Please rest assured that research into the cause and treatment of glaucoma remains a top priority for the IGA, and we will bring you an update as soon as we have more information.

£15,000 Small grants award – in partnership with Fight for Sight

We are delighted to partner with Fight for Sight for a third year running, to offer a jointly-funded small grant of up to £15,000 to clinical or research scientists to conduct stand-alone research projects for up to 12 months.

Small Grants offer competitive funding to support small feasibility studies and facilitate the generation of preliminary data. The aim is to make novel research ideas more competitive for larger follow-on funding. Applications from new investigators are encouraged, and researchers currently working in fields outside of vision research are also welcomed.

Applications submitted after 22 August 2019 and before 31 December 2019 will be reviewed in February 2020. Successful grants will be announced in March 2020.

Find details here (https://www.fightforsight.org.uk/apply-for-funding/funding-opportunities/small-grant-awards-schemes/)

Grateful thanks to our colleagues at Fight for Sight for overseeing the administration and governance of this funding.

These research grants are made possible by the generosity of donors who left us gifts in their Wills and who gave to IGA appeals. We are tremendously grateful to them all.