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Fight for Sight Small Grants

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Fight for Sight is pleased to announce that applications are now being invited under the Small Grant Awards Schemes and the New Lecturers’ Small Grant Awards.

The Small Grant Awards support clinical research projects in the field of ophthalmology and vision science. The following awards are available:

•up to ten Fight for Sight small grant awards;

•up to two Fight for Sight/Birdshot Uveitis Society small grant awards for research into birdshot chorioretinopathy;

•one Fight for Sight/National Eye Research Centre small grant award for research into the causes of eye disease, the development of treatments and the prevention of sight loss;

•one Fight for Sight/Sparks small grant award for research addressing any of the childhood-onset eye diseases priorities;

•one Fight for Sight/The Dystonia Society small grant award for research into blepharospasm;

•one Fight for Sight/Thomas Pocklington Trust small grant award for research into sight loss caused by conditions such as MS,dementia, head injury, etc, but not resulting from eye conditions or stroke.

Awards are tenable for up to one year and are worth a maximum of £15,000 each to contribute to the costs of employment, equipment or consumables.

The New Lecturers’ Small Grant Awards enable newly appointed lecturers at higher education institutions in the UK to develop innovative research projects in the early stages of their independent research careers. Projects must be conducted in any of the charity’s following priority areas:

•developing and testing new and more effective treatments or improving surgical procedures for a range of different eye diseases and conditions;

•improving the understanding of the causes of eye diseases and conditions, including the further identification of relevant genes;

•developing ways of preventing age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic eye disease;

•improving the early detection of eye diseases and conditions;

•improving, through eye research, the quality of life for adults and children living with sight loss;

•identifying and assessing emerging threats to sight.

Awards are tenable for up to one year and worth up to £20,000 each to contribute to directly incurred costs, such as equipment and consumables.

The closing date for submissions for both schemes is 24 August 2016.

For more information, please visit Fight for Sight.

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