Career development awards


Scheme overview

Our career development awards offer an exciting opportunity to provide short term support to science researchers, clinical and allied health professionals who are already on an academic career track and are of the calibre to be future leaders of ophthalmic research and clinical practice. 

These awards will enable individuals to focus on their research and to capitalise on other external funding opportunities to develop their research programmes.  This approach will help ensure that by the end of the Career Development Award, they are in the strongest position to secure prestigious fellowships and other external funding to catapult them to the next stage of their career. 

Built into the scheme is the career development springboard award - the opportunity for research expenses to be requested for the specific purpose to develop novel ideas and generate preliminary data that will go on to form part of larger, competitive, grant applications or fellowships.

Please note that an institutional level (director or similar) letter of support  must accompany all submitted applications.  For further details please contact the charity before you start to complete an application form.

Meet our current  career development award holders

Interview with the charityTess and Nikolas talk about how career development awards make all the difference


What's included

Funding can be requested for either

(1) Salary only

  • salary support commensurate with current salary
  • maximum of 18 months duration
  • start date normally within 24 months from the date of award.

(2) Salary and career development springboard award (for research expenses only)

  • up to a maximum of £50,000
  • for new research only
  • start date within 6 months of date of award
  • normal maximum duration of 12 months


Deadlines and how to apply

This scheme is currently closed to applications.  Details for the next funding round will be announced in summer 2020. 

General scheme queries

T: 020 7566 2565