The CRFA program provides funding for medical doctors in clinical fellowships examining orphan inherited retinal degenerations. The goal is to increase the number of clinician-scientists with expertise and a commitment to provided clinical care to patients with inherited retinal disease. This program prepares burgeoning doctors for careers in academic medicine, provides critical training in an environment that fosters research to develop preventions, treatments, and cures for retinal degenerations. The funding supports up to three post-residency clinicians for one (1) year at $65,000 per year. Clinicians who possess an M.D., D.O., O.D., or recognized equivalent foreign degree by the time the fellowship starts and will be eligible for subspecialty board certification at the completion of their training program are eligible to apply. Individuals from underrepresented racial, ethnic and gender groups, as well as individuals with disabilities, are always encouraged to apply.
All prospective award recipients first submit an application via the Foundation’s online application portal. Application guidelines should be downloaded and reviewed before beginning your letter or application.
Scientific progress and financial reports will be provided during the active funding cycle to ensure research progress and adequate program management.