Fight for Sight calling for grant applications

National charity has increased grant funding and introduced new partnerships

National sight loss research charity, Fight for Sight, is seeking applications for its Project Grant Awards.

Applications should focus on research that aims to address sight loss caused by any eye condition, but the charity has said that it is particularly interested in studies on macular degeneration, glaucoma, inherited eye diseases and sight loss that is linked to other diseases.

A number of grants are available, with funding of up to £250,000 available over a three-year period.

Fight for Sight has partnered with the Stroke Association for the first time to fund a research project that investigates sight loss linked to stroke.

Another jointly funded grant is available through Fight for Sight and the Nystagmus Network for a project that explores sight loss associated with nystagmus.

A third Project Grant has been established by Fight for Sight, Health and Care Research Wales and the chief optometric adviser for Wales. This grant particularly seeks projects that explore myopia and corneal disease.

Speaking about the Project Grants, head of research at Fight for Sight, Dr Rubina Ahmed, said: “We’re proud to establish new funding opportunities with both the Stroke Association and the Welsh Government departments, in addition to continuing our long-standing relationship with the Nystagmus Network. By increasing the funding, we want to encourage researchers to take this opportunity to make a difference to patients’ lives by carrying out their innovative research.”

Applications for all grants must be submitted by 11 July. For more information, email Fight for Sight.

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