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Our Springboard Award gives researchers an opportunity to develop novel ideas and generate preliminary data that will give them the competitive edge in larger grant applications.

We are committed to investing in new ideas and helping to propel research to the next stages of investigation and understanding. Our Springboard Award helps promising researchers develop their academic careers.

Application deadline 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 at 12pm
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in December 2020

Eligibility

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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.

Postdoctoral researchers, research active clinical and allied health professionals and research assistants may apply as principal applicant but will normally have at least two years postdoctoral or equivalent research experience.

They must hold an academic or clinical post with MEH or the IoO and be in receipt of salary funding for the duration of the grant. They will also require at least one co-applicant who fulfils the eligibility criteria for principal applicant. Researchers in this category are required to provide details of their current supervisor/​manager.

For established researchers, the expectation is that this funding stream would only be accessed where the proposed research is branching in new areas or developing cross-disciplinary lines of research.

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 Springboard Award applications you can submit - you must choose one type per funding call:

  1. Research expenses/​consumables only. This type of application provides up to £50,000 for direct research related expenses or consumables which are need to carry out the experiments outlined in the proposal. 
  2. Research assistance and expenses/​consumables. This type of application provides support up to a maximum of £180,000 for: up to £50,000 for direct research related expenses or consumables which are need to carry out the experiments outlined in the proposal, or; salary support for research assistance to carry out the experimental work. Please note this salary support cannot be used to support the principal applicant. 

There is a normal £7,500 minimum funding request on both types of applications.

Grant duration

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

  1. Research expenses/​consumables only: maximum duration of 12 months.
  2. Research assistance and expenses/​consumables: maximum duration of 18 months.

Apply now

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.

Files for your application

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