Foundation / Corporation
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)
06/15/19 - Deadline for nominations; Applications accepted through 07/01/19.
Grants to USA junior ophthalmology faculty members and young researchers for career development. Eligible nominees must be MDs or MD/PhDs who have demonstrated scientific initiative and the potential to conduct independent research. Nominators are required to describe a detailed mentoring plan for the candidate as an important part of this award.
RPB Grantee Chairs may nominate one candidate in each grant review cycle enabling a school to possibly receive two CDAs per calendar year.
Any part of the RPB grant not earmarked for salary should be used to equip and staff the awardee’s lab and fund research efforts.
GrantWatch ID#: 181550
Awardees will be required to expend the award within four (4) years if granted the full $300,000. Otherwise, the awardee is required to expend the initial $150,000 award payment within three (3) years.
Only current RPB-grantee departments of ophthalmology may nominate candidates for the Career Development Award. Grantee chairs may nominate only one person per grant category, per cycle, and candidates must either be US citizens or permanent residents (green card holder) by the application deadline.
Candidates must have, or be recruited to, primary appointments in ophthalmology with academic positions up to and including Assistant Professor. Candidate's first full-time ophthalmology faculty appointment must have been within three (3) years of the application deadline. PhDs must have a secondary appointment in a basic science or other relevant department prior to submission. MDs and MD/PhDs must devote at least 50% of their time to research activities, with 60% desirable. The candidate cannot have or have held an R01 as a Principal Investigator.
The grant cannot replace salary support currently derived from other sources.
The fall cycle application deadline is July 1, with nomination forms due no later than June 15. For the January 10 application deadline, nomination forms are due no later than December 15. Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted. (If deadline falls on a weekend, consider the following business day the deadline.)
Complete the nomination form (in Word), include the candidate’s NIH-style biosketch (in PDF), and email to Pattie Moran.
Application: RPB will accept applications and most supporting documentation via the password-protected page on RPB’s website that has been established for application submission. Please note only one (1) upload action, with application and all applicable supporting documentation, will be accepted per candidate. This upload must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on the deadline date.
Recommendation letters must be sent directly from the referee or his/her office and cannot be attached to the candidate’s application submission upload. Recommendation letters included in the upload will not be accepted. Letters must be received by 5:00 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via regular mail, or by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via email.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://sites.rpbusa.org/grantees (password: Research)
Recommendation letters may be submitted via regular mail or email to:
Research to Prevent Blindness
360 Lexington Ave., 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10017-6528
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