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Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Eye Care
Specialists to Improve the Quality of Eye Care

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Foundation / Corporation

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Novartis Pharma

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Grants of up to €50,000 to USA, Canada, and International eye care specialists who have devised initiatives and projects that have a positive impact on improving the quality of eye care, and addressing unmet needs in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry.

Initiatives intended for developing countries, as well as those in developed parts of the world, are warmly welcomed.

Proposed initiatives must demonstrate a clear impact on improving the quality of eye care, as well as long-term viability and sustainability, with outcomes projected within two years. Applicants must provide details of projects that have already been designed and planned. Initiatives must be at a relatively advanced stage, simply requiring the XOVA funding grant in order to provide education with sustainable impact, and/or innovation in clinical practice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for grants of up to €50,000 in value.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA) is an award program that is intended for eye care institutions and specialists, including those in training, and for specialist nurses working in eye care, who have devised nonprofit educational or innovative initiatives that are expected to have significant impact on unmet needs in the field of eye care. Please note, the XOVA is not intended to provide funding for basic research or clinical trials.

XOVA applications from ophthalmologists, optometrists, and allied eye healthcare professionals, including those in training, will all be considered, providing the application has to be made by an academic institution* or organization**.

*What is meant by an academic institution: Applications must be made on behalf of an academic institution or organization that endorses the application. An academic institution such as a university would be one example of a suitable endorsing institution, but other types of organizations also qualify.

**What is meant by organization: This covers worldwide nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and clinics, and does not have to be associated with an academic institution such as a university.

Initiatives based in any country are warmly welcomed.


The XOVA is not intended for funding research or clinical trials.

Pre-Application Information:

This XOVA is open for applications until January 8, 2018.
Winners will be notified by email shortly after the application deadline.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.