Grant making process

Response mode funding receipt of applications

When applications are received by Moorfields Eye Charity, the applicant will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of the application.  A number of administrative checks will be carried out at that time.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Does the application have the appropriate institutional sign off?
  • Is the applicant eligible?
  • Is the application within remit?
  • Is the application within the scope of criteria for funding for the scheme applied to?
  • Has the application form been completed correctly and in full?

The Moorfields Eye Charity grants management team will liaise with the applicant(s) regarding any administrative matters. 

External peer review

Applicants will be asked to nominate peer reviewers, external to their organisation, as part of their submission.  Applicants can also submit the names of a reasonable number of people who should be restricted from reviewing the application due to direct competition or bias.  All these suggestions will be taken into consideration when deciding suitable candidates for peer review.

A normal minimum of two peer reviews will be required for applications under £500k, with three peer reviews required for applications over £500k.

Response to reviewer comments

At the Chair’s discretion and time permitting, the anonymised comments from external reviewers will be given to applicants to comment on minor points.  The availability of reviewer comments is also dependent on the reviewers granting permission for their anonymised comments to be provided to the applicant.


Scientific Advisory Panel

Funding recommendations around the research projects that Moorfields Eye Charity fund are made by the Scientific Advisory Panel.  While the membership of the MEC Scientific Advisory Panel is available to the public, applicants or other individuals are not permitted to contact or discuss in person any current, future or possible MEC grant application, the decision making process or funding outcomes.  Any queries, comments or feedback must be directed to the grants and research team at MEC. 

Scientific Advisory Panel Members

  • Professor Miles Stanford (Guy's and St Thomas')
  • Professor Breandán Kennedy (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Ann Moore (University of Brighton)
  • Professor Robin Walker (Royal Holloway)
  • Professor Luminita Paraoan (University of Liverpool)
  • Professor Ursula Gallagher (CQC, Deputy chief inspector PMS and integrated care and nurse lead (London))
  • Professor Irene Gottlob (Leicester University) 

Criteria for selection

Each application will be judged, as appropriate, against a number of criteria including but not limited to the following:

  • excellence of the science
  • fit to research strategy
  • innovation potential and ability to develop new and emerging areas
  • calibre and skills of the investigator(s) and any collaborators, including track record (research publications and evidence of research grant income)
  • demonstration of real partnership or collaboration with industry or academia
  • potential to use an award to leverage further funding for the next stage of development
  • if applicable, ability to translate the research into patient benefit within five years
  • impact on diseases/issues treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
  • value for money

All application recommendations require ratification by Moorfields Eye Charity Trustees



Resubmission will not normally be permitted unless invited by Moorfields Eye Charity Trustees.