The British charity Fight For Sight has just unveiled an exciting awards program for the 2017/2018 season. Called the Primer Fellowship Awards, Fight For Sight hopes these grants will encourage more people to dedicate their lives to ophthalmology.
Fight For Sight worked with both the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) and the Royal Society of Medicine to make these awards possible. Around £1.2 million in grants will be open to award winners.
There are different stipulations for various grants in this program. For example, two awards for around £60,000 each are only available to RCO students who plan on training in ophthalmology. As you could've already guessed, both Fight For Sight and the RCO are sponsoring awards.
Another award for £60,000 will be open to students in ophthalmology that aren't in the RCO. You can also apply for this grant if you are an ophthalmic nurse or a grad student studying either optometry or orthoptics. Fight For Sight developed this grant with the help of the Royal Society of Medicine.
The final grant Fight For Sight will hand out will go to anyone who makes a commitment to investigating one of the charity's "six priority area." Fight For Sight can give ophthalmologists £170,000 over three years to conduct their research.
These "six priority areas" include improving early detection of eye disease, examining potential threats to sight around the world, and improving understanding of eye diseases through genetic research. Anyone applying for this grant must clearly state which priority area they will address in their project.
Professor Christopher Bentley, who teaches at the Royal Society of Medicine, told journalists he was proud to work with Fight For Sight on this venture. Bentley said, "We want to support novel, original and pioneering ophthalmic research which will ultimately aid in stopping sight loss."
The last day people can send in their applications to Fight For Sight is November 1st by 5PM. Anyone interested in applying should check out the "Apply For Funding" tab on Fight For Sight's official website.
In total, Fight For Sight plans on spending £3 million on grants for eye research between 2017 and 2018.
Founded in 1965, Fight For Sight focuses on research into serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Note, this UK organization is not affiliated in any way with the New York-based Fight For Sight. The Fight For Sight headquarters in the UK is at 36-38 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DE.
The Royal Society of Medicine is one of England's most prestigious postgraduate universities for medical sciences. This higher education institution in London at 1 Wimpole Street.
Last, the RCO is the most important college in the UK in terms of setting ophthalmological standards. Founded in 1988, the RCO headquarters is at 18 Stephenson Way in the Kings Cross section of London.