Future Vision Foundation Chairman, A/Prof Tim Roberts, has announced the recipients of 2023 funding by the non-profit eye research charity.
In a positive sign for the Foundation, the momentum from 2022 has continued with another strong showing of applications. A total of 18 groups submitted applications, ranging from optimised protocols for post-operative patient care, the role of computation in improving imaging and diagnosis, and the potential impact of microplastics in the eye.
Of these, Future Vision Foundation funding has been approved for 13 projects (further details below).
Unique research opportunities
A/Prof Roberts is particularly encouraged by the number of applicants who are interested in research but are not experienced with the process.
‘We are seeing orthoptists, nurses, optometrists and practice managers keen to get in and have a go – which is exactly what Future Vision Foundation was set up for,’ he says.
‘Maximising the benefits from research and innovation requires bigger-picture thinking and opportunities beyond typical pathways such as postgraduate research.
‘Each and every staff member at Vision Eye Institute has unique interactions with patients based on where they sit within the organisation. It’s these insights that we want to tap into and explore in relation to improving clinical outcomes and experiences, and even business and workforce sustainability, within a quick timeframe.’
Up-and-coming researchers, who can also come from external organisations such as universities, gain valuable experience, says A/Prof Roberts. ‘It’s not just the project outcome but also the dissemination of research experience that makes Future Vision Foundation unique.
‘Each submission must include at least one Vision Eye Institute doctor partner to be accepted. For newer researchers, it’s knowing they will have others to help guide them – including our postdoctoral Clinical Research Coordinator, Dr Chris Hodge – that gives them the confidence to move from having an idea to applying for a grant.’