The Macular Society has two calls for grant applications each year. In April we invite applications for Research grants and PhD studentships. In July we invite applications for Seedcorn grants.

In addition, we offer a travel grant specifically for researchers in the early years of their career to attend and present at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

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Research grants

Grants of up to £300,000 over three years are available for research at UK institutions only. Projects can be for the maximum term or for a shorter period (e.g. two years), as long as the project is deemed to be good value for money.

PhD studentships

Studentships of up to £120,000 are available to cover a stipend, fees and consumables over three years. PhD students should be based at a UK institution and a graduate in a relevant subject. Payment of PhD fees will be limited to the home rate. Students required to pay the international rate can still be recruited but will need to cover the balance from other sources.

The 2025 call for Research grant and PhD studentship applications is now open.

The closing date for preliminary applications was 31 May 2024.

In 2024, the application success rate for research grants and PhDs, excluding joint-funded grants, was 17%.

The call for PhD studentship applications focused on inherited macular dystrophies, joint funded with Retina UK is now closed, find out more on the Retina UK website

Seedcorn grants

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for projects with a maximum duration of 1 year, at a UK institution. Applications may be for clinical or non-clinical research. Seedcorn grants are not intended to be used as ‘top-up’ funds to meet a shortfall in funding from another body.

The 2025 call for Seedcorn grants is now open.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 2nd September 2024.

The application success rate for Seedcorn projects starting in 2024 was 31%.

Travel grants

Each year, two grants of up to £2,000 are available for early career researchers (within 10 years of their last degree) to attend the annual meeting for the ARVO. Applicants must have been accepted to present on work in the field of macular disease. The grants are intended to contribute towards travel, accommodation, subsistence expenses and conference registration fees.

The 2024 call for Travel grants is now closed.

Find out more about our grants

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The Macular Society has an annual grant application round for research grants and PhD studentships. Applications for clinical or laboratory-based research projects which can positively impact people with macular disease will be considered. This may include research into causes and prevention, early detection, treatments or improving quality of life.

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Seedcorn grants are up to £25,000 are available for projects with a maximum duration of 1 year, at a UK institution.

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Each year two travel grants of up to £2,000 each are available to enable early career researchers working in the field of macular disease to attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in the USA to present work.