Fighting Blindness Emerging Researcher Award

Fighting Blindness Emerging Researcher Award

Fighting Blindness are now accepting applications for the ‘Emerging Researcher 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 securing independent funding awards is very beneficial to the career development of early-stage researchers and clinicians.

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the ‘Fighting Blindness Emerging Researcher Award’ for early-stage researchers and clinicians on the island of Ireland.

The aim of the award is to support promising early-stage researchers and clinicians in exploring or developing novel, ambitious ideas, new research directions, or finishing projects with the goal of establishing their own record of independent research.

The purpose of the award is to fund:

  • the completion of a piece of vision research work (that would otherwise not be funded)
  • commence a new vision research project
    • stand-alone nature


  • an initial study that could be expected to lead to a more extensive research proposal

Funding available

The maximum total funding available for the award is €10,000 for a period of 12-24 months. The award will provide for consumables and dissemination.

The award is not intended to provide salary for the applicant. A very strong case must be made for salary as a cost.

Research Priorities

For this award we are inviting proposals that are relevant to the research priorities of Fighting Blindness.

Fighting Blindness is committed to the development of therapies that are accessible to all patients affected by sight loss and the wide spectrum of retinal degenerative disease through the pursuit and enablement of scientific medical research.

Research projects must align with one or more of the following research areas:

  • Diagnostics
  • Therapeutics
  • Elucidating molecular mechanisms and/or protective pathways in retinal degenerations
  • Understanding genetic modifiers of retinal disease severity and progression

Eligibility Criteria

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 Jan-March 2022
Interviews (Zoom) March 2022


Application Process

Please use the Application Form which you can download from this page. The associated documents can also be downloaded form this page.

Submit all documents to in Word format by 5pm 2nd February 2022

Submission checklist

  • Application form
  • CV
    • Applicant
    • Mentor
  • Declaration of Support
    • Mentor
    • Host Institute


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

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