Our grant call for applications to our 2019 research grant funding programme for MAJOR GRANTS and PhD STUDENTSHIPS is currently closed. We will open a new grant calls from July 2019.


Grants awarded in 2018 are summarised here

Our SEED FUNDING GRANT, TRAVEL GRANT and EQUIPMENT GRANT programmes are currently closed. We will open a new grant call for these programmes from July 2019.

  • 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.

If you are a scientist, either a researcher or reviewer, wishing to create or access your online account please login below. The grant application forms are only accessible to researchers who have created an online researcher account. Grant applications will only be accepted through this online process. Applications made by post will NOT be accepted. You can also sign up to our e-newsletter so that we can keep you up to date with our grant calls and status updates. 


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. We recommend you read our research strategy before submitting your grant application. The research strategy also describes the grant application assessment in more detail.

You can download our strategy here:


Please note: The National Eye Research Centre provides grants to UK institutions wishing to conduct ophthalmic research. The charity does NOT offer grants for patient support.

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.