Funding policies and position statements
Our funding policies are intended to encourage research and project activities of the highest quality, carried out to the highest standards.
These grant conditions, together with the award letter set out the terms and conditions on which a grant is made by Moorfields Eye Charity.
Moorfields Eye Charity supports the policy statements of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) including:
- Supporting research in universities.
- The use of animals in research.
Our sight is a critically important sense but it is estimated that by 2050, there will be four million people in the UK living with sight loss. Research into better treatments is vital if we are to help reduce this number. Currently, Moorfields Eye Charity funds research worth around £2.5 million every year. A small part of our funding goes on research where there is no alternative to involve animals.
Huge progress has been made in understanding and treating many eye conditions in recent years. Much of this has been made possible by earlier studies involving animals. For example, there have been great advances in the development of a number of clinical trials using gene and stem cell-based therapies for macular and inherited retinal diseases. Research in this area is a pivotal point where there is great potential for even great advances and translation of treatments into the clinic.
There are strict rules around research involving animals and the law is clear that for example drugs must be tested on animals before they are given to humans. However, we will only fund medical research involving animals where it is absolutely necessary to improve prevention and treatment of eye disease and where there is no alternative.
Moorfields Eye Charity believes that all research should be carried out with a high regard for animal welfare and part of our rigour review process ensures that grant applicants have considered and taken all possible steps to replace the use of animals, reduce the numbers used and refine procedures so the degree of suffering for animals is kept to the absolute minimum (the 3Rs).