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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 enhance or establish centralised, multi-user facilities. To help advance more than one area of research and to embed a clear cost recovery and sustainability plan. 

Application deadlines and decision timelines

There are two rounds of applications a year.

Round 1 – Autumn 2022

  • Opens: 23 May 2022
  • Closes: 21 July 2022
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in December 2022

Round 2 – Summer 2023

  • Opens: January 2023
  • Closes: March 2023 (day to be confirmed]
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in July 2023


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These grant applications must include a number of key 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 equipment will be restricted for use by a very limited number of individuals. Clinical equipment is not normally considered within this grant programme.

Institutional lead applicant

  • The lead applicant should always be the director of the host institution as equipment grants are awarded at the institutional level.

Application primary contact

  • The application primary contact is expected to be the individual leading on the coordination of the application and who will be a key member of the team who will oversee the equipment. The application primary contact must hold an academic or clinical post with Moorfields Eye Hospital or the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and will normally be in receipt of salary funding for the duration of the grant.

Key equipment users

  • Key equipment users 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 and that a contribution from an external funder or internal funds will be included. If your application is likely to exceed this cost or you do not have matched funding, 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.

Before you begin

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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. You should allow two weeks for sign off by the research offices, as they will be busy with other applications.

All applications must be approved by the Moorfields Eye Hospital Research and Development office even if all the research (and costs) will be carried out at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) or other institution.

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

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