Our research fund



Retina NZ has an ongoing commitment to supporting scientific and medical research that leads to better outcomes for us all in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders. We are also supportive of other research that might lead to a practical benefit to kiwis living with a visual impairment. Our research fund has been predominantly funded by the generous donations from members. In recent years, the strategic investing of the capital has seen the fund experience good growth of over 10% year on year.

In 2017 it was given a great boost with a generous bequest of $50,000. Our strategy is to wisely invest the capital to achieve strong growth and use the interest income to fund research projects. That way the capacity for ongoing research funding will endure in perpetuity.

In 2010 we donated $10,000 to the Genetic Eye Disease Investigation Unit (GEDI) at the University of Auckland. This was to assist with the establishment of a New Zealandwide patient database for people with inherited retinal disorders. The same year we also supported the “Walking into the Light” fundraiser for the database.

Retina NZ Research Fund Outcomes

In recent years, we have funded a number of summer-studentship research projects. 

In the video below, summer-studentship grant recipient Jack Maran talks about a Diabetic Retinopathy research project he recently undertook, as well as explaining the significance of the outcomes that were achieved.

Recipient Criteria & Application Process

Because our research fund is relatively small, we typically fund summer studentship
research projects, however we have funded larger projects in the past so if you have a
research project that aligns with our objectives, please get in touch with an expression
of interest.

  • The recipient criteria are: You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent
    resident, and carry out the research in New Zealand.
  • Your report for presentation to Retina NZ must use language that can be
    understood by non-medical, non-scientific, readers and listeners.
  • Following completion of your funded project, you undertake to present your report
    at a Retina NZ AGM and Conference. (Retina NZ will cover all reasonable costs.)
  • Applicants will be notified by email, whether they have been successful or not.

0800 569 849 ext 1 or
in the first instance.