Sometimes a little more investment can bring a lot more impact. Our Research Enhancement Award helps maximise the impact of research projects which are currently funded or nearing completion.

Application deadline and decision timelines

Our Research Enhancement Awards are currently open. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the year. 

We will normally aim to process applications on a bi-monthly basis. 

Processing times and announcement of decisions will be dependent on availability of advisory panel members and Trustees. 

Should external peer review be required, additional processing time will be necessary.


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The principal 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.

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

How much can I apply for?

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There are two types of Research Enhancement Award applications you can submit - you must choose one type and use the appropriate application form:

  1. Publication of outcomes applications: These awards support the dissemination of research outcomes. The charity should not be expected to cover the full costs of the publication and/​or open access costs on projects where other funders have supported the work. Applicants must make every effort to secure funding from elsewhere prior to applying. Award holders are normally expected to incur the cost of the publication/​open access charges and will then be reimbursed by the charity. Normal maximum award is £5,000.
  2. Small equipment applications: The purpose of these awards is to support the purchase or access to small piece(s) of equipment which will enhance the outcomes from existing and currently active research. Maximum award is £15,000

There is a normal maximum of two awards (total) per applicant per financial year (April – April) will apply.

Grant duration

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The duration of the grant will depend on the type of Research Enhancement Award you have applied for.

  1. Publication of outcomes applications: maximum duration of 2 months.
  2. Small equipment applications: maximum duration of 6 months.

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Please complete all relevant forms and return completed applications by email to 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. 

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.

Phone: 0207 566 2565