Baby having an eye examination at Moorfields Eye Hospital

New methodologies, new or improved diagnosis, and treatments and cures for child and adolescent eye health.

This funding call is now closed.

The Medical Research Foundation and Moorfields Eye Charity invited applications from researchers seeking to progress the field of child and adolescent eye health.

These collaborative research grants aim to support research that will increase understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the full spectrum of eye health and disease in children and adolescents, including new methodologies, new or improved diagnoses, and treatments and cures.

Childhood and adolescent eye diseases and visual loss are associated with reduced well-being, increased need for educational support and ongoing eye problems into adulthood and later life. 

Investments have been made in adult eye conditions, resulting in significant improvements in diagnostics and treatment options, but research into child and adolescent eye disease remains an important investment. 

This funding call aims to support new research and research collaborations in this area to bring new research approaches to the field.

The remit of the call is the full spectrum of eye diseases and conditions usually seen in children or adolescents.

We would particularly welcome collaborative grants led by the full range of researchers working in the field to allow multi-disciplinary and multi-professional projects.

Expertise should be drawn from different research areas and professionals, allowing for collaboration between basic scientists, clinicians, optometrists, orthoptists and other allied health professionals.

Applications will be encouraged in common causes of vision loss to address areas significantly impacting people’s quality of life, but little progress has been made. 

Applications are not encouraged with a sole focus on conducting a genetics or genomics study. However, projects where genetic or genomic studies are carried out by collaborators or form part of the proposal rather than the main focus will be considered within scope.

Eligibility and suitability

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This competition is open to all UK-based researchers, clinical academics and allied health professionals at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations).

The focus of the research should be on the UK. International Co-Investigators and Collaborators can be included in the application, but most funds and analysis should be UK-based.

Applications will be considered from researchers at all levels of seniority.

Proposals that aim to build capacity through the next generation of researchers are encouraged; costs relating to postdoctoral salary, training and collaboration development in the UK and internationally are permitted.

Applications led by multi-professional coalitions, for example, basic scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals, are strongly encouraged.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria to have their proposal assessed.

Only one application will be accepted per applicant, though individuals can hold more than one Medical Research Foundation or Moorfields Eye Charity grant at any time.

Please contact the Foundation if you currently have a Medical Research Foundation grant.

If you have any queries about your eligibility for the scheme, please contact the research team via email at

How much can I apply for?

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Applicants may apply for up to £300,000.

Grant duration

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Research projects may be over a maximum of a three-year period.


  • Deadline for Expression of Interest submission: 12:00 Wednesday 15 November 2023
  • Invite to Full Application: 15 December 2023
  • Shortlisting notification – request for rebuttal: May 2024
  • Deadline for rebuttal: June 2024
  • Funding decision: June 2024
  • Feedback on funding decision: July 2024


If you have any questions about any aspects of the application process, please get in touch with a member of the Moorfields Eye Charity team.


Tel: 020 7566 2565