Retinal Medicine Clinical Research Grant 2022

The EURETINA Retinal Medicine Clinical Research Award is an annual initiative sponsored by EURETINA to support and encourage independent clinical research in the field of retinal medicine.

Clinician or non-clinician researchers, in a hospital or laboratory-based setting may conduct several types of clinical research, such as observational research studies, register studies (patient or disease registry), natural history / epidemiological studies, phase IV studies (post-authorisation safety studies, “PASS”), genomic research studies, pharmacovigilance studies, retrospective case-control studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and several other types of clinical studies.

The maximum budget that can be requested is €300,000 for up to two years. Appropriate justification is essential.

The competition is open to all clinicians and researchers, who hold EURETINA membership on the closing date (1st February 2022) and have held (continuous) EURETINA membership since at least March 2021. Applicants must hold a full time clinical/research post at an EU-based clinical or academic centre including Horizon Europe associated countries* and Switzerland.  Please see further eligibility criteria below.

*(Iceland, Norway, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom)

The Purpose of the RMCR Award

– To support, encourage and fund individuals that actively conduct clinical research in the field of retinal medicine.

– To facilitate and support an independent culture of clinical study for the ultimate benefit of patients with retinal disease.

– To engage and encourage the networking potential of the ophthalmic clinical community across the EU (and Horizon Europe associated countries and Switzerland) to improve both patient care and outcomes.

Funding may be available over 2 years (maximum duration) for the right project with suitable infrastructure and experience.

Application Criteria:

Principal Applicants must:

– Hold a full-time or affiliated post with an established EU-based (and Horizon Europe associated countries and Switzerland) clinical or academic / research institute

– Be a clinician or researcher who holds EURETINA membership on the closing date (1st February 2022) and have held (continuous) EURETINA membership since at least March 2021. (obligatory to Principal Applicant only)

– Not be members of the EURETINA Executive, or members of the Board. (Please note that Board Members are permitted to be involved in a project as informal collaborators.  Informal collaborators do not receive funding.)  

– Not have previously been awarded funding through the EURETINA Retinal Medicine Clinical Research Award Programme

– Have demonstrable prior experience in the conduct of clinical research in the field of retinal medicine and hold demonstrable GCP experience

– Be familiar and experienced with the administrative, insurance and regulatory requirements for the conduct of EU-based clinical research studies

2022 EURETINA Research Medicine Clinical Research Award Review Panel

Review panel to follow

How do I apply?

All eligible Expressions-of-Interest will be evaluated by the EURETINA Research Medicine Clinical Research Award Review Panel, from which shortlisted entries will be invited to make a full proposal.

2022 RMCR Grant Panel

Dr. Grazia Pertile
Italy

Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology, Sacrocuore Hospital, Negrar-Verona

Prof. Rufino Martins da Silva
Portugal

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine , University of Coimbra, Portugal; Head of Medical Retina Unit. Ophthalmology Department. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC)

Prof. Jerzy Mackiewicz
Poland

Head of Department, Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical University of Lublin

Prof. Johannes R. (Hans) Vingerling
The Netherlands

Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam

Timeline

1st February 2022
– Deadline for Expression of Interest

April 2022
– Shortlisted candidates announced

Mid-Late May 2022
– Deadline for receipt of shortlisted full applications

Any queries prior to submission of an Expression-of-Interest application should be directed to [email protected]

Terms and Conditions 

(a) I/We hold a full-time or affiliated post with an established EU-based (and Horizon Europe associated countries and Switzerland) clinical or research institute, as named on my/our Expression-of-Interest submission.

(b) I/We have demonstrable prior experience in the conduct of non-interventional clinical research in the field of retinal medicine and hold demonstrable GCP experience.

(c) I am/We are familiar and experienced with the administrative, insurance and regulatory requirements for the conduct of EU-based clinical research studies.

(d) As Principal Applicant, I hold EURETINA membership on the closing date (1st February 2022) and have held continuous membership since at least March 2021. My EURETINA membership number is included on my Expression-of-Interest submission.

(e) I/We understand that Expressions-of-Interest will be evaluated by the EURETINA Retinal Medicine Clinical Research Award Review panel, who will generate a short-list of applicants to be invited to submit a full apllication to EURETINA. All decisions on Expressions-of-Interest and short-listed proposals made by EURETINA shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to decisions made.

(f) I/We understand that members of the EURETINA Executive and members of the EURETINA board are not eligible to apply as Principal Applicants of formal collaborators. Board Members are permitted to be involved in a project as informal collaborators. Informal collaborators do not receive funding.

(g) I understand that awardees from the previous round of the EURETINA Retinal Medicine Clinical Research Award Programme are ineligible to apply. 

(h) As Principal Applicant, I understand that I am eligible to submit only one Expression-of-Interest and that I am eligible to be involved in other projects as an informal collaborator only. Informal collaborators do not receive funding.