Fighting Blindness Career Development Award: Call Now Open!

Fighting Blindness is delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for our second round of Career Development Awards.

We previously provided Career Development Awards to three successful applicants to support their attendance at international conferences including ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) 2022 and FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) Forum 2022.

One of our previous awardees, Dr Gareth Lingham (Postdoctoral Research Scholar – Centre For Eye Research Ireland (CERI)), had this to say about the benefit of receiving this award:

“The award provided funding to attend the 2022 international ARVO meeting (…) I was able to meet a lot of people during this meeting which helps toward forming collaborations, including establishing a collaboration with international investigators…”

“…while I was grateful to receive the funding itself, the recognition that is associated with receiving the award has been extremely valuable and will help me to continue to progress my career and research by attracting funding into the future”. – Dr Gareth Lingham

Please see the Guidelines for Applicantfor full information on the award.

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A key priority for Fighting Blindness is to support the next generation of vision researchers. We recognise that training, networking and developing collaborations is key to the career development of early-stage career researchers and clinicians.

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the ‘Fighting Blindness Career Development Award’.

The purpose of the award is to provide funding for applicants to-

  1. Attend an official training course (in-person or virtual), and/or
  2. Attend training in another laboratory on a specific technique(s), and/or
  3. Present research papers/posters at national/international conferences/workshops (in person or virtual), and/or
  4. Facilitate national and/or international networking and collaboration meetings or events

All activities must be in the area of vision loss specifically in the areas of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Applications in the area of diabetic retinopathy will also be considered.


Funding available

The maximum total funding available for the award is €1,500. Eligible costs include registration, travel, accommodation, subsidence and activity costs.

The activity must take place between January 2024 and December 2024.

Applicants can apply for funding for more than one activity, but costs must be no more than €1,500 total. For example, an applicant can apply to attend a vision research-related training course and also to present at national/international conferences/workshops once the budget does not exceed €1,500 and it is clear how these activities will be of benefit to their career development.

Please see Use of Funds Guidelines before completing the budget section.


Eligibility Criteria

Open to PhD students, early career stage postdoctoral researchers and clinicians. Please see the guidelines for the eligibility criteria for applicants. We strongly recommend that you read the guidelines to be made aware of requirements.



Below is an indicative timeline for the award.

Applications open Wednesday 26th July 2023
Deadline for submission 5pm 16th October 2023
Review October – Late November 2023


Application Process

Please use the Application Form which you can download from this page. Use one application form even if applying for funding for more than one activity. The associated documents can also be downloaded from this page.

Completed application forms should be sent to in Word format by 5pm 16th October 2023.

Checklist for submission-

  • Application form
  • Applicant CV (using Fighting Blindness applicant CV template)
  • Host Institute Declaration of Support (using Fighting Blindness Declaration of Support template)
  • Host PI Letter of Support (only needed for applications for training on specific techniques in a laboratory)



If you have any questions please contact the research department via email at


Documents to download