Our research strategy

Research Strategy 2020 – 2030

We are one of the few sight loss charities that actively fund and support research into macular disease. Every year, the number of people losing their sight to macular disease rises – and as their sight fades, too many of them are overcome by frustration, grief, fear and isolation.

Our members tell us how hopeful they are that a cure will be found, to spare them and their children from the threat of blindness. That’s why, in 2018, the Macular Society launched its new ambition – to Beat Macular Disease – and why funding research is so crucial to our mission.

Our research goals

Our Research Strategy has six strategic goals and sets out our priorities for funding in the next 10 years. 

  1. To fund world-class research on macular disease, which will have impact for patients and lead to improvements in our understanding of disease and potential new treatments.
  2. To introduce new opportunities for funding research that are aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure.
  3. To build clinical and scientific capacity in macular disease in the UK through the funding of PhD studentships and research fellowships.
  4. To improve the quality of life for those with macular disease and their families through funding research which informs our services and supports campaigns.
  5. To work collaboratively with other charities, research funders and patient organisations and build partnerships to beat macular disease.
  6. To encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration across the research community, including patient and public involvement in research. 

Read more about how we will achieve these goals read our Research Strategy below.

To find out more about the impact of the research we have funded over the last 30 years read our Research Impact report below.