Individual Investigator Research Awards are designed to concentrate research in areas with the greatest potential to move toward treatments and cures for the inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and dry age-related macular degeneration. This award provides approximately $100,000 per year up to three (3) years.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness will also award up to three Clinical Innovation Awards that address: (1) developing and applying new technology to measure structure and function in inherited retinal degenerations; (2) establish relationships between measures of retinal functional and retinal structure with the goal of understanding the relationship between genotype and clinical phenotype; (3) identifying outcome measures or biomarkers to demonstrate change over a time period spanning no more than 2 to 3 years.
These opportunities seek candidates that hold a Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., D.O., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a domestic or foreign: non-profit organization, or public or private institution, such as a university, college, medical school, hospital, research institute, or laboratory.
All prospective award recipients first submit a Letter of Intent and, by invitation only, an application via the Foundation’s online application portal. Application guidelines should be downloaded and reviewed before beginning your letter or application. Those interested in applying for the Clinical Innovation Award should submit a letter of intent for the Individual Investigator Research Award and select the Research Program Area: Clinical-Structure and Function (CL).
Research progress and accomplishments are tracked during the funding period through Scientific Progress and Financial reports. All reports should be uploaded to the Foundation’s reporting portal.