Dr Tessa Dekker, a researcher who received a Career Development Award from Moorfields Eye Charity

These awards allow us to provide short term support to science researchers, clinical and allied health professionals who are already on an academic career track and are of the calibre to be future leaders of ophthalmic research and clinical practice.

Career Development Awards enable individuals to focus on their research and to capitalise on other external funding opportunities to develop their research programmes. 

This approach will help ensure that by the end of the award, they are in the strongest position to secure prestigious fellowships and other external funding to catapult them to the next stage of their career. 

Application deadlines and decision timelines

Spring 2020

  • Opens: 10 August 2020
  • Closes: 15 October 2020 at 12pm
  • Interviews: End of February 2021
  • Outcome: Applicants will be notified in March 2021

Eligibility and suitability

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You will have a PhD and have significant (normal minimum of 3 years) post-doctoral or equivalent research experience.

You should be able to demonstrate that you are already on an academic career track and are of the calibre to be a future leader of ophthalmic research and clinical practice.

Applicants must either be currently or soon to be employed by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on a non-tenured or equivalent contract of employment.

For details of all other eligibility criteria please read the programme guidelines via the link below.

What can I apply for?

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There are two types of Career Development Award applications you can submit - you must choose one type.

  1. Career Development Award only. This type of application provides your salary support only. 
  2. Career Development Award with Springboard Award: This type of application allows you to apply for a research expenses only Springboard Award in parallel with your Career Development Award. 

How much can I apply for?

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There are two types of Career Development Award applications you can submit - you must choose one type.

  1. Career development award only. You can request salary support at a level commensurate with your current salary. Clinically active applicants will not normally be at consultant level. 
  2. Career Development Award with Springboard Award: You request your own salary as part of the Career Development Award. In the Springboard Award application, up to £50,000 for research expenses can be requested in line with the requirements detailed in the Career Development Award guidelines. 

Grant duration

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The duration of the grant(s) will depend on the type of Career Development Award you have applied for.

  1. Career Development Award only.: maximum duration of 18 months
  2. Career Development Award with Springboard Award:: The Career Development Award - maximum duration of 18 months. Springboard Award - maximum duration of 12 months. 

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Please complete all relevant forms and return completed applications by email to moorfields.eyecharity.researchgrants@nhs.net and include any annexes or relevant attachments.

Before you submit an application, please ensure you have referred to the grant guidelines and have secured all the necessary signatories.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 12pm (noon) on the date of the advertised deadline. 

Before you begin

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Please ensure that you have read the following

Preparing your application

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You will need to prepare a detailed proposal (in Arial font size not smaller than 11 points) that complies with the instructions and eligibility criteria outlined in the specific grant guidelines. Make sure to check out what local approvals and signatures you will need prior to submitting an application. And allow plenty of time for this step, keeping in mind the research offices will be busy with other applications. Please ensure that files are saved in the original file format and not converted to PDF.

Letters of support

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All applications must be accompanied by the required letters of support.


  • It is expected that applicants will have identified at least one individual who is an appropriate sponsor. This individual should be able to provide expert or well informed advice to the applicants research programme and career ambitions.
  • The sponsor(s) should provide a statement of support for the application including how they will fulfil their sponsor responsibilities. 


  • A mentor is required for all applications. This individual does not necessarily have to be based at your host institution nor have expertise in the direct area of research. They should however be able to provide informed advice in terms of an academic research career and the research area generally. 
  • This person should be known to the applicant and be able and willing to provide general support and mentorship throughout the award duration.
  • The supporting statement should articulate how they will provide support and mentorship. 

Host institution

  • All applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from senior leadership level of the host institution.

For any other enquiries or additional support, please contact the Moorfields Eye Charity Grants and Research Team.

Email: moorfields.eyecharity.researchgrants@nhs.net
Phone: 0207 566 2565

Files for your application