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 research grant funding programme for MAJOR GRANTS and PhD STUDENTSHIPS is open with the following application deadlines for 2019-20. The maximum grant value for each programme is £70,000 which can be spent for a period of up to 3 years.

  • First stage: Thursday 31st October 2019 at 17:00
  • Second stage: Monday 13th January 2020 at 17:00



Applications to these 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. Please note that we are only able to award one grant per quarter. 
  • Travel grants can be applied for to cover travel, accommodation and registration costs in connection with a National Eye Research Centre funded project (PhD Studentship holders and Project Grant holders) 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. If you are a Seed Grant holder, please note that you are currently not eligible to apply. 
  • 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. 

Please note that all our funding schemes are currently under review. We will update this page with the new information relating to 2020-21 and beyond in Spring 2020.


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.