In 2017, Sightsavers was awarded Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status by Research Councils UK, making the organisation one of the only international non-governmental organisations to hold this status in the UK.
As an IRO, Sightsavers is eligible for grants from the seven UK research councils, including the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. To qualify as an IRO, organisations must prove to Research Councils UK that they “possess an existing in-house capacity to carry out research that materially extends and enhances the national research base” and that they are able to “demonstrate an independent capability to undertake and lead research programmes.”
Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence is the best way to ensure our programmes are effective in achieving their goals and meeting the needs of the people they are designed to serve.
Our research strategy sets out four objectives:
The award is given to researchers based on the scientific quality of their work and is evaluated by a panel of reviewers.
Research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases says distributing medication on a large scale in urban areas may not be the most effective solution.
It’s vitally important to investigate and address eye health disparities in urban areas, says Sightsavers' Guillaume Trotignon.
Evidence gap maps are a visual tool for presenting the state of international development in particular thematic areas. They summarise and appraise evidence to make it more accessible and user-friendly.View our gap maps