Fighting Blindness Career Development Award

Fighting Blindness Career Development Award

Fighting Blindness are now accepting applications for the ‘Career Development Award’.

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


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-

  • Attend a training course (in-person or virtual)


  • Present research papers/posters at national/international conferences/workshops (in person or virtual)


  • Facilitate national and/or international networking and collaboration meetings or events

All activities must be in the area of vision loss.


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 May 2022 and May 2023.

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 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.



Below is an indicative timeline for the award.

Applications open Wednesday 17th Nov 2021
Deadline for submission 5pm 2nd February 2022
Review Feb-March 2022


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 form this page.

Completed application forms should be sent to in Word format by 5pm 2nd February 2022.

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)


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