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Research Funding Opportunities

The St. Paul's Eye Research Foundation is supporting pioneering and innovative work at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the University of Liverpool. Research funding opportunites are available in the form of large and small grants. 

Call outs for funding applications will be made in March and September for larger grants (over £5000) and February and August for small grants (up to £5,000), funding permitted.  Allied Health Professionals and nurses are able to apply for the smaller grants following the same competitive criteria. 

Grant funding is wide ranging to meet the aims of The Foundation in developing academic ophthalmology in Liverpool. Examples include:

  • Bridging funding of staff between projects or before commencing externally funded projects with the aim of retaining excellent scientists in Liverpool
  • Pump priming of new strategic junior and senior academic staff recruitment
  • Major facilities investment/cross cutting research infrastructure support
  • Project support for Foundation funded academic staff
  • Small equipment support

Most awards are for strategic salary support as these are the most difficult for Liverpool University Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust for the University of Liverpool to support and are typically against approved appeals. Support is given for consumables and/or equipment, typically linked to a staff or strategic infrastructure development. Support tends to be for innovative new directions with at least a moderate degree of “risk” that would be less likely to be supported through other routes.

Please find the application form for grants by clicking here.

ONWARD (Ophthalmology North West Academic Research Development) Research Prize Awards for the best regional collaborative research project performed by ophthalmology specialist trainees are encouraged to apply for small project grants up to £300, ultilising the application linked above. 

Criteria for assessment of all applications

  • Project: scientific merit of proposal
  • Person: track record appropriate to career stage
  • Place: Alignment with Foundation strategy (please click here)
  • Development of academic careers (clinician academics, scientists, allied health professionals)


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