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The William A Quinlivan Research Fund was established in 2006. Since its inception, Glaucoma Australia has committed over $1 million to support Australian glaucoma research across a diverse range of projects.

We are excited to facilitate the innovative research of academics who drive progress in glaucoma management.  Our broad aims are to improve the lives of people with glaucoma through better glaucoma detection and treatment.

Glaucoma Australia is committed to supporting research which focuses on the following research domains and guiding principles:

Research Domains 
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  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
Guiding Principles 
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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.
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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.

Submitting an Application

The application period will commence on the 1st of June, 2021. Applicants are required to download and complete the below application form and attachments and returned to by 5pm (AEST) 1st of July 2021.

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

2021-2022 Application form
Information and instructions for grant applicants
Attachment A grant coversheet
Attachment E grant certifications
Attachment F nomination of possible assessors
Previous Grant Recipients

Glaucoma Australia has committed over $1 million to support Australian glaucoma researchers across a diverse range of projects. View the complete list of previously awarded grants, recipients and research projects.