We provide grants to UK institutions which conduct ophthalmic research. The charity does not offer grants to non-UK host institutions or for patient support.

The following funding programmes are open to applications with the following deadlines:


The deadline for First Stage applications for MAJOR GRANTS and PhD STUDENTSHIPS was Thursday 31st October and this programme is now closed. 

  • First stage outcome notification: Monday 9th December 2019
  • Second stage submission deadline: Monday 13th January 2020 at 17:00


Applications to these funding programmes are considered quarterly with the following deadlines for 2019-20:

  • 31st August 2019
  • 30th November 2019
  • 29th February 2020
  • 31st May 2020

We will notify applicants within 3 weeks of the application deadline.

  • Seed funding grants are directed at eye research projects with a total cost less than £10,000; they are not equipment grants but may contain small items of equipment necessary for the delivery of the project provided these are fully detailed in the grant application.
  • Travel grants are offered to cover travel, accommodation and registration costs in connection with a National Eye Research Centre funded project where the applicant is presenting National Eye Research Centre funded data. Travel grants are capped at £1,500 per application and limited to one application per delegate per project. Subsequent travel grant applications for the same project will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.
  • Equipment grants for equipment to be used for ophthalmic research are sometimes available. Following approval of an application a specific fundraising campaign will be initiated to raise the required funds.

Funding applications can only be accepted online. Applications made by post will not be accepted. 


The National Eye Research Centre is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and abides by its principles of best practice at all times. All grant applications are peer reviewed and scored for their potential to improve the vision of people with diseases or disabilities of the eye. Grants are awarded subject to the availability of funds at the time of the award.