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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The National Institute for Health Research launch the 2019 Researcher of the Year Awards

18 March 2019

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The National Institute for Health Research are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s national award scheme to recognise outstanding contribution to clinical research by fellows /members of the College.

Applications are sought from Members and Fellows of the College who are engaged in clinical research in the course of their NHS duties. Clinical research is important for NHS in establishing care standards, generating or confirming evidence for clinical care and developing new therapeutic options for our patients. There are numerous examples where clinical research in the NHS has helped generate evidence and enhance clinical care to reduce burden of blindness.

The RCOphth in collaboration with the NIHR has developed this award scheme to recognise important contribution the Fellows and Members of the College make. The awards will be in three categories:

  • one consultant award for non-commercial research, where a consultant has made significant contribution to an NIHR portfolio study;
  • one consultant award for Commercial (industry sponsored) research, for contribution made to an NIHR portfolio commercial study;
  • one trainee/ career grade award for outstanding contribution made by a trainee or career grade ophthalmologist.

Each awardee will receive a certificate of achievement and complementary registration for the RCOphth Congress for the first three days of the Congress (Monday 20th May to Wednesday 22nd May 2019).

A joint panel of NIHR and RCOphth representatives will judge the winner of the awards.The winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held at the RCOphth Annual Congress on Wednesday 22nd May 2017 at the SEC in Glasgow

This year’s application form is available to download here – Please send completed applications to

Closing date: 17.00 Friday 5 April 2019