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Start of the art and innovative equipment is critical for the advancement of research and understanding. Our Equipment Grants provide funding for multi-user, large pieces of equipment which will support cutting-edge current and future research.

Equipment Grants are expected to enable the establishment of centralised, multi-user pieces of equipment which will help advance more than one area of research and where a clear cost recovery and sustainability plan has been developed. 

Application deadlines and decision timelines

There are two rounds of applications this financial year 2020/21.

Round 1 – Summer 2020

  • Opens: 1 January 2020
  • Closes: Extended to 18 April 2020 at 12pm
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in July 2020

Round 2 – Autumn 2020

  • Opens: 1 June 2020
  • Closes: 14 September 2020
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in December 2020


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These grant applications must include a number of users from across a range of teams or groups. Therefore, potential applicants are advised to start planning and coordinating their application well in advance of the deadline to ensure they prepare a strong and compelling proposal.

The grant programme is not intended to support small items of equipment or where the equipment will be restricted for use by a very limited number of individuals. Clinical equipment is not normally considered within this grant programme.

Lead applicant

  • The lead applicant is expected to be the individual leading on the coordination of the application and who will be a key member of the team who oversee the equipment. 
  • The lead applicant must hold an academic or clinical post with Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH) or the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and will normally be in receipt of salary funding for the duration of the grant.
  • Postdoctoral researchers, research active clinical and allied health professionals with only postdoc experience and research assistants will not normally apply as the lead applicant.

User group leads

  • User group leads must hold an academic or research post (or equivalent) at a recognised organisation.
  • Collectively they must be key to the development of the equipment as a resource and/​or have specific relevant experience of the equipment which will ensure its successful use.

For any enquiries please contact the Grants and Research Team.

How much can I apply for?

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Funding can be requested for direct equipment cost (or contribution towards). A minimum request of £50,000 is expected as this scheme is not intended to support the purchase of small or research team specific items of equipment.

The expectation is that applications would not normally exceed £250,000. If your application is likely to exceed this cost you are advised to contact the Grants and Research Team before starting to prepare an application.

Grant duration

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The normal grant duration for Equipment Grants is 12 months.

The length of grant represents the time required to go to tender, purchase, install and activate any service contracts. The grant length is not intended to represent the usage life of the equipment.

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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.

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