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The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize 2022

September 1, 2021


The Ulverscroft David Owen Award 2022

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is delighted to announce the opening of the Ulverscroft David Owen Award 2022, a continuation of the Ulverscroft David Owen Awards.

The Ulverscroft Foundation gives financial help to Universities that research the causes of eye diseases; funds eye clinics, hospitals, schools, libraries and other organisations which help visually impaired people.

Since 2007 it has supported the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group (UVRG) at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health UCL, funding PhD studentships, clinical research training fellowships and academic posts in key disciplines including ophthalmic statistics, to build a hub for academic paediatric ophthalmology and visual sciences.

In memory of David Owen who chaired the Foundation during this period and shaped its relationship with the UVRG, the Foundation is offering in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, an annual prize of £500 in recognition of high-quality research in paediatric ophthalmology and visual sciences to promote academic paediatric ophthalmology. The award recognises the team undertaking the research and is accepted on the team’s behalf by the first author.

Previous recipients of the Ulverscroft David Owen Award

2021 Lucinda Teoh and the British Childhood Visual Impairment and Blindness Study Interest Group

2020  Amy Gerrish and her co-authors from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

2019 Lola Solebo and her colleagues including the British Congenital Cataract Interest Group

The 2022 award will be presented at the RCOphth Congress, Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May 2022, in Glasgow. A representative of the awarded team will present a talk to explain the impact of the research and how it has contributed to change.

Application process for 2022 award:


  • The first author and senior author should apply together.
  • Either the first or lead author must be an ophthalmologist.
  • At least one of the authors must be a member of the RCOphth.
  • The applicants should be based and have undertaken the research reported at a British institution.
  • The paper must have been published in a peer reviewed scientific journal after 1 January 2020.


Applications open: 14 September 2021
Applications close: 7 January 2022
Announcement of winner: 4 February 2022

Award made at Congress 2022 Awards Ceremony in Glasgow.

Application form

Ulverscroft David Owen Prize Application Form

Please send completed applications to

Judging panel

Subgroup of the Academic Sub-committee and the Paediatric Sub-committee.

Other awards and prizes

RCOphth offers a wide range of travel awards and clinical/research fellowships in partnership with other organisations.

You can find out about other awards and prizes here.

About The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is the only professional body for eye doctors, who are medically qualified and have undergone or are undergoing specialist training in the prevention, treatment and management of eye disease, including surgery. Ophthalmologists are at the forefront of eye health services because of their extensive training and experience.

As an independent membership organisation, we pride ourselves on providing impartial and clinically based evidence, putting patient care and safety at the heart of everything we do and we collaborate with a wide range of organisations to influence national eye health policy and benefits patients and the profession of ophthalmology.

Ulverscroft Foundation: David Owen Prize

The Ulverscroft Foundation was founded as a charity in 1973 to help visually impaired people. It supports research into the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, and funds medical equipment and facilities. One of the Foundation’s flagship projects is the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group based at UCL and led by Jugnoo Rahi. The Foundation also funds eye clinics and hospitals in developing countries and supports organisations that improve the quality of life for vision-impaired people. This prize is a tribute to the work of the late Chair David Owen and his work in supporting the creation of the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group and its role in paediatric ophthalmology. For any enquiries relating to the Ulverscroft Foundation and its work please contact Joyce Sumner via