'Quinlivan' Research Grants Program


Glaucoma Australia is committed to supporting research in an effort to eliminate glaucoma blindness.

You can contribute to this research by making a tax deductible donation to Glaucoma Australia today. 

Research Domains

Glaucoma Australia is committed to supporting research which focuses on the following four domains which are framed around on our bold mission ‘to prevent sight loss by increasing early detection and improving treatment adherence’.

1. Increasing the rate and reliability of early detection of glaucoma

2. Improving the treatment experience

3. Improving the quality and experience of monitoring the condition progression and maintaining better population wide statistics

4. Providing management tools to improve the quality of life for people with glaucoma.


The William A Quinlivan Research Fund was established in 2006 and now has over $1.8M in assets. Since its inception, Glaucoma Australia has committed $1,024,783.00 to support Australian glaucoma researchers across a diverse range of projects.

A long term strategy has been implemented to substantially add to our research funds over time.

Guiding Principles

Finding a “cure” for all the variants of glaucoma is a global, multi-disciplinary, long term endeavour. Glaucoma Australia recognises it does not have the resources to make a material, demonstrable contribution to finding the cure.

For the foreseeable future, we will focus on areas where we can make a difference, and these are the principles we will apply.

Glaucoma Australia prefers:

  • Applied research rather than theoretical research. “Clinical” rather than “Laboratory”
  • A focus on delivering a better life for people with glaucoma
  • A clear identification of preferred research topics and desirable outcomes
  • Longer term projects with regular updates
  • A desire to work with partner(s) to leverage our funding
  • Genuine partnerships where we participate fully in decision making and quality control
  • Although research in Australia would be preferred, we are open to funding international collaborations.


Application Specifics

Glaucoma Australia ‘Quinlivan’ Research Grants make significant contributions to Australian medical, and social research into glaucoma. They are awarded following rigorous evaluation, based largely on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) process, along with peer review, to ensure that the successful applicants meet the highest standards.

The next round of Research Grants for research commencing in 2021 has opened and applications will be accepted from 15 June 2020 until 10 August 2020, and the successful recipients will be announced on World Sight Day – Thursday 8 October 200. 

The charity is committed to investing a total grant pool of $200,000 for the next round. It is anticipated that up to 3 or 4 grants of $AU 50-100K per annum between 1 and 3 years duration will be awarded.  Seed fund grants could be used to apply for further funding with NHMRC or other agencies.

The closing date of application, including all required documents is 5pm (AEDT) 10 August 2020. An electronic copy must be received by this date.


How to Apply

Send an outline of your Expression of Interest to research@glaucoma.org.au by 10 August 2020, summarising:

  • How your organisation is qualified and resourced to address one or more of the stated principles and domains
  • How you propose a partnership with Glaucoma Australia would work, including your own objectives and definition of success
  • How much the project would cost
  • Whether the funding requested is seed funding to then apply for a larger grant i.e. NHMRC or whether it is intended to cover the whole project.

Download Application

  1. 2020-2021 Application Form
  2. Information and instructions for grant applicants
  3. Attachment A Grant Coversheet
  4. Attachment E Grant Certifications
  5. Attachment F Nomination of possible assessors

Submissions will be reviewed by the Research Committee consisting of internationally recognised experts in glaucoma research including the fields of Ophthalmology, Optometry and Pharmacy.

For further information please contact 1800 500 880 or research@glaucoma.org.au


Support Research

Glaucoma Australia is committed to supporting research in an effort to eliminate glaucoma blindness.

You can contribute to this research by making a tax deductible donation  to Glaucoma Australia today. 


Previously Awarded Grants

View the complete list of previously awarded grants, recipients and research projects.

Support Research

You can contribute to our research by making a tax deductible donation to Glaucoma Australia today.