The application process

The 2020 grants round is now CLOSED for receipt of preliminary applications.

The Macular Society has an annual grant application round for research grants and PhD studentships. 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 quality of life.

Research Grants

Grants of up to £200,000 over three years are available for research at UK institutions only. Projects can be for the maximum amount for a shorter period (e.g. 2 years), as long as the project is judged to be good value for money.

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

The deadline for preliminary applications was 5pm on 31 May 2019

Preliminary applications are reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Committee in July 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application by 9 September 2019.

Stage two – full application 

Full applications will be sent to external reviewers for peer review. The Research Committee will then meet to consider the full applications and peer review feedback in March 2020. A final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees in April 2020. 

Applications should be submitted to

Further details on the application process, eligible costs etc can be found by referring to the Research Strategy. Please note - as a charity, we cannot contribute to university overheads.