Every patient matters: turning science into sight

We fund research that makes a difference to patients, faster:

  • The severe underfunding of the sector is felt deeply across the whole eye research spectrum, but research that aims to turn scientific discoveries into new sight-saving solutions for patients (translational research) is particularly affected. 
  • This means that many promising scientific findings never even make it to clinical trials and can never potentially be translated into new solutions for patients - be it to prevent, diagnose, or treat an eye condition. 
  • The objective of our research strategy is to support translational research to bring forward tangible benefit for patients, faster.
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Sight Research UK's funding helps to address the funding gap in the eye research continuum from the laboratory to the clinic.

We fund:

  • Laboratory based (pre-clinical) research projects that have already established a clearly defined pathway to achieving patient benefit and are strong candidates for early phase clinical trials.
  • Applied healthcare research projects that can fast track tangible improvements in patient benefit.
  • Clinical research projects which are eligible for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network support (Sight Research UK is an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner).
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Translational Readiness Levels (TRLs) assess how close a stage of research is to translating its findings into clinical applications that can benefit patients. Our funding focuses on projects at stages 5, 6 and 7 of Translational Readiness.

For all enquiries about our research funding, please contact grants@sightresearchuk.org or call 0117 325 7757.