Fight for Sight has launched its call for applications for Project Grants and PhD Studentships.
Right now, 2.5 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this will reach 3.5 million by 2050. This is due to the fact that the three most prevalent eye conditions are age-related: cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Our ageing population is making these conditions more and more common. Treating these conditions is costing the NHS and social care services £2 billion a year (cataracts £689 million, glaucoma £94 million, age-related macular degeneration £1.2 billion).
Fight for Sight’s calls are open to researchers wishing to apply for funding for projects which aim to prevent, diagnose or treat age-related eye conditions.
Project Grants: Up to £250,000 is available over three years to applicants proposing research projects which are hypothesis-driven, innovative, involve high-quality scientific methodologies and are supported by robust preliminary data.
PhD Studentships: Up to £135,000 (outside London) and up to £143,000 (in London) is available over 4 years to support graduates to pursue a career in ophthalmic and vision research.