Building a research programme with small project grants from a specialist vision charity
- Take care when approaching a specialist funder in your field for the first time; if you succeed then a highly fruitful relationship could develop over the course of your career
- Sketch out how one large programme could actually be run as a series of smaller grants
- The advice of previous grantees is particularly valuable with smaller charities
- Have as much of the application ready and clear in your head as possible at the preliminary application stage
Majlinda Lako is a professor of stem cell sciences at Newcastle University. While she has won grants from a number of funders, the Macular Society, a small UK charity which funds research into macular disease, a group of age-related genetic conditions that can lead to sight loss, is a particularly important funder for her research. She is currently working on a project partly funded by the most recent grant.