£30m Research England grant awarded to Oriel

Suggested design for the proposed new Oriel site.

Plans to build a brand new centre for world-class eye care, leading-edge research and professional training have been bolstered by a £30m Research England grant. Moorfields Eye Charity, along with our project partners, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, are delighted as this is a significant step towards achieving our vision for Oriel.

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF) is the largest competitive grant funding scheme managed by Research England. It supports world leading research, including investing in research infrastructure. All projects have to include match funding worth a minimum of double the RPIF contribution.

Philanthropy has a critical role in realising Oriel. In partnership with UCL, we’re committed to raising £100m to support the project. We are very grateful for the pledges received so far from major donors at such an early stage. The RPIF award raises our profile further to help us secure additional support to achieve our ambitions.

The proposed new facility, which could open in Kings Cross in 2026, will push the boundaries of science. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide a flexible, purpose-built, patient-focused environment that will allow clinicians and researchers to work together to tackle the eye problems that represent a growing global health and economic burden.

The RPIF award is wonderful news for the partnership and Oriel. It is recognition of how significant this proposed integrated centre is, delivering breakthrough treatments and revolutionising eye healthcare. It will benefit Moorfields’ patients and those with sight problems worldwide. As the award is dependent on matched funding from MEC and other donors, it provides a great opportunity to attract additional philanthropic support.

              - Robert Dufton, chief executive, Moorfields Eye Charity

In January 2019, AECOM with Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter were appointed to work with us. The team will continue to help us design the proposed new centre, should we proceed to the next stages of planning following public consultation. You can find out more about Oriel and fundraising on the Oriel website.

The image above shows a suggested design for the proposed new Oriel site.
For illustrative purposes only.