Grant funding schemes

Funding research and equipment schemes within our current portfolio

Moorfields Eye Charity have set an objective to be the leading charity for research into eye health, supporting the pioneering work of Moorfields and UCL to make new discoveries and turn new knowledge into treatments to improve eye health and well-being outcomes for patients of Moorfields and around the world.

Springboard awards

Our springboard awards provide funding for researchers to develop novel ideas and generate preliminary data which will underpin and form part of larger, competitive, project grant applications to other external funding bodies.   

Equipment grants

We funding for equipment grants with a renewed focused on larger, multi-user equipment.  These grants will ensure that the most up to date equipment is available to all researchers, foster collaborations and help support core equipment facilities which will become self-sustaining.

Research enhancement awards

Research enhancement awards will encourage and support researchers to maximise the outputs and outcomes of current or recently completed research.  Awards can support the publication of research outcomes to maximise impact and availability of these findings.  Funding support for small pieces of equipment will also be available where the potential to greatly enhance the outcomes and likelihood of securing future external funding is demonstrated.

PhD studentships

Our PhD studentships are an annual funding call and purpose of this scheme is to support the training of a graduate student to conduct a high quality PhD research project towards the understanding, prevention and cure of vision disorders carried out for the benefit of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and people with vision disorders. 

Research training fellowships

We have recently expanded our support of early career researchers with new research training fellowships for clinical and allied health professionals who have demonstrated the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinical or allied health professional and now want to undertake a PhD.

Career Development Awards

For 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, Moorfields Eye Charity career development awards offer exciting opportunities.  These awards will provide short term support to enable these individuals to focus on their research and to capitalise on other external funding opportunities to develop their programmes.  Together, 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. 

Who can apply

The principal applicant eligibility criteria will depend on the funding scheme.  Please refer to the guidance notes for further details.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their application with their relevant research office(s) well in advance of preparing an application. All necessary approvals must be secured prior to submission to Moorfields Eye Charity. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure these approvals.

Host institution

For applications to Moorfields Eye Charity, the host institution is that institution which will administer and manage the grant budget if awarded. Where costs will be incurred in more than one institution, applicants should confer with all relevant research finance offices, but the final approval of the budget must come from the research finance office in the institution that would host the award.

Contact details

For any queries including funding support for non-research related projects please contact

Phone: Cath Thums, grants officer on 020 7566 2565.

Email: researchgrants@moorfields.nhs.uk 

Visit: Monday 9am - 5pm at the Charity office in the main entrance of Moorfields Eye Hospital at City Road.