The application process

The 2019 grants round is now CLOSED. The next round will open in April 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 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 £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

The deadline for preliminary applications was 5pm on 1 June 2018

Preliminary applications are reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Committee in July 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application by 10 September 2018.

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 2019. A final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees in April 2019. 

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.