Alice Davidson becomes a UKRI 'Future Leader' Fellow

Congratulations to Dr Alice Davidson, researcher at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, on being awarded a UKRI Future Leaders fellowship!

“I’m feeling real excitement about now being able to actually get on and do the work,” Alice told us after hearing the good news, “as well as relief at not having to go back to the drawing board and write another grant!”

Alice was also recently awarded a Moorfields Eye Charity Career Development Award, which she said was “instrumental” in putting forward a successful application for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

Without my Moorfields Eye Charity Career Development Award, I wouldn’t have had the time and the space to really develop my ideas and make my application [for the Future Leaders Fellowship] as strong as possible. It allowed me to take a step back, be tactical and place myself in the best possible position for success.

Moorfields Eye Charity are really leading the way with providing this kind of funding to young investigators.

The UKRI award is for four years of funding (with a possible extension of three more), which will allow Alice to stay here at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and continue her research into eye conditions like Fuchs Dystrophy. She’s focusing on understanding the genetic changes that can affect the cornea (the front of the eye), and how those changes lead to the development of disease. She’s hoping that a better understanding of these diseases will enable us to develop new treatments that prevent them occurring in the first place.

About UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The Future Leaders Fellowship is a new initiative from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to give researchers the opportunity and space to develop and grow as leaders in their field, and to help universities and businesses in the UK recruit, train and retain the world’s best researchers and innovators, keeping the UK at the cutting edge of innovation. Science minister Chris Skidmore said “these inspirational Future Leaders Fellows will generate the ideas of the future, helping to shape science and research for the 21st century.”

The Future Leaders Fellowships will enable the most promising researchers and innovators to become leaders in their fields. UKRI is committed to creating modern research and innovation careers and our Future Leaders Fellowships aim to support and retain the most talented people. -  UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport

More information on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship can be found on the gov.uk website.

About Moorfields Eye Charity career development awards

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.

Read more about some of our other career development award holders.