funding of research continues to be a major element of the Special
Trustees' expenditure plan. During the period covered by this report,
grants totalling £434,000 were provided to the Hospital to
enable clinicians to carry out research.
applications to the Special Trustees have been scrutinised by the
Hospital's Research Director to ensure quality and apropriateness,
and this has increasingly involved the use of external assessors.
All projects are scrutinised by the Ethics Committee before being
submitted to the Special Trustees.
funds for research are provided from an appropriate special purpose
fund, and from the £200,000 allocation for research made from
the general funds. As well as providing support to larger projects,
Special Trustees' funding continues to provide seed-corn funding
for smaller projects, usually undertaken by junior doctors.
again, the Special Trustees have endeavoured to provide investment
for the future research potential of the Hospital.
has been provided for two larger research teams, firstly in the
form of funding for a senior clinical research scientists within
the Wound Healing Research Group, and secondly for a scientist to
support the Ocular Biomaterials Research programme.
publication of a Joint Research Strategy between the Hospital and
the Institute of Ophthalmology / UCL provided the opportunity for
the Trustees to review their committment to funding research. The
outcome of this review was a committment to funding a major expansion
programme over the next three years. The committment from General
Funds is for £350,000 in 1999/2000, £425,000 in 2000/2001
and £500,000 in 2001/2002.