The application process


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications has now passed for this year.

Preliminary applications are now invited for 2017 grants  

The Macular Society has an annual grants round and we are now accepting preliminary applications for research grants and PhD studentships beginning in 2017. We will consider applications for clinical or laboratory-based research projects aimed at improving the treatment or quality of life of patients with macular disease. Projects must be able to demonstrate potential benefit to people with macular disease including age-related macular degeneration and macular dystrophies. This may include research into causes and prevention, early detection, treatments or improving the quality of life.

Research Grants

Grants of up to £170,000 over three years are available for research at UK institutions only. 

PhD Studentships

Studentships of up to £100,000 are available to cover a stipend, fees and consumables over 3 years. PhD Students should be based at a UK institution and be a UK graduate in a relevant subject.

There is a two stage application process:

Stage one – preliminary application
Preliminary application forms are reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Committee in July 2016. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application by October 2016.

Stage two – full application 
Full applications will be sent for peer review to external reviewers. The Research Committee will meet to consider the full application and peer review feedback. A final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees in April 2017. 
The deadline for preliminary applications is 5pm on 30 June 2016. 

Applications should be submitted to

Further details on the application process, eligible costs etc can be found by referring to the Research Strategy
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