Grant funding policies
Our funding policies are intended to encourage research and project activities of the highest quality, carried out to the highest standards.
Our grant conditions, together with the award letter set, out the terms and conditions on which we make our grants.
Moorfields Eye Charity supports the policy statements of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
This includes their positioning on supporting research in universities and the use of animals in research.
In addition, we have carefully considered our own view of the use of animals in research.
Our position on the use of animals in research
Our sight is a critically important sense but it is estimated that by 2050, there will be four million people in the UK living with sight loss. Research into better treatments is vital if we are to help reduce this number.
Currently, Moorfields Eye Charity funds research worth around £2.5 million every year. A small part of our funding goes on research where there is no alternative to involve animals.
Around 4 million people in the UK will be living with sight loss by 2050.
We invest around £2.5 million every year into research aiming to save or protect people’s sight.
Huge progress has been made in understanding and treating many eye conditions in recent years. Much of this has been made possible by earlier studies involving animals.
For example, there have been great advances in the development of a number of clinical trials using gene and stem cell-based therapies for macular and inherited retinal diseases. Research in this area is a pivotal point where there is great potential for even great advances and translation of treatments into the clinic.
There are strict rules around research involving animals and the law is clear that for example drugs must be tested on animals before they are given to humans.
However, we will only fund medical research involving animals where it is absolutely necessary to improve prevention and treatment of eye disease and where there is no alternative.
Moorfields Eye Charity believes that all research should be carried out with a high regard for animal welfare.
That’s why part of our rigour review process ensures that grant applicants have considered and taken all possible steps to replace the use of animals, reduce the numbers used and refine procedures so the degree of suffering for animals is kept to the absolute minimum (the 3Rs).