The application process

The 2021 grants round is now closed.

The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications was 29 May 2020. 

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 which will have impact for people with macular disease. This may include research into causes and prevention, early detection, treatments or improving quality of life. Researchers are welcome to submit grant applications to carry out research on any type of macular disease.

Researchers are strongly advised to view the Macular Society's new Research Strategy 2020-2030 and the Guidance for Applicants when preparing their grant applications. Any queries should be sent to

Research Grants

Grants of up to £250,000 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

Deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applciations was 5pm on 29 May 2020.

Preliminary applications are reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Committee in July 2020. Successful applicants are invited to complete a full application.

Stage two – full application 

Full applications are sent to external reviewers for peer review. The Research Committee then meet to consider the full applications and peer review feedback in March 2021. A final decision is made by the Board of Trustees. 

Applications should be submitted to

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