1. One award per year will be granted, subject to suitable applications being received.
2. All applications must be prepared in English and typewritten.
3. The maximum number of individuals named on any application shall be two.
4. Nobody can receive the award more than once in three years.
5. The closing date for applications is 1 November. All applications will be reviewed in confidence. The decision of council will be announced by the following February.
6. Applications must be for a single project or a complete section of a larger project. The application should not be for work that has already been carried out or started.
7. Projects must be completed within one year.
8. An interim report is required after 6 months detailing progress to date.
9. Seventy per cent (70%) of the award (£5,600) will be paid to the successful applicant(s) on winning the award. The balance will be paid only when the manuscript has been accepted by the Journal Editor for publication in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye.
10. Upon completion of the project a full report in manuscript form is required. It is recommended that this report should include the following section headings: introduction; methods and materials; results; discussion and conclusions.
11. It is a requirement of the award that the results of the study will be presented as a scientific paper or poster at the annual Clinical Conference of the BCLA and that the manuscript be submitted for consideration as a publication to Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the journal of the BCLA.
12. All anonymised applications will be assessed by the Academic Committee of the BCLA.
13. Applications will be judged upon their originality, aims, methodology and financial feasibility. In considering the applications, the following criteria will be used:
N.B. Part B of the application form must be completely anonymous and therefore include no reference to the name of the facilities where the proposed research would take place
14. The decision of the Academic Committee, once ratified by the Council, is final and binding. Under no circumstances will correspondence be entered into.
15. Council members of the BCLA may not submit an application for the award during their period of office.
The following notes are issued for the guidance of applicants in preparing their submissions for the award.
The BCLA office will keep Part A, it will not be seen by the Academic Committee.
The Academic Committee will only see Part B. The name of the institution where the work will take place should not be mentioned in Part B. This should take the form of a concise statement addressing each of the following headings:
Outline the title, purpose, hypothesis, methodology, methods of data analysis and possible significance of the work proposed. Sufficient detail must be provided such that reviewers who are unfamiliar with the area of work will be able to judge whether the proposed procedures will enable the stated aims to be achieved. If considered appropriate, references should be provided to previous relevant work in the area.
Estimate a realistic period in which the project is expected to take place, bearing in mind that a final report should be submitted within 12 months of notification of the award.