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Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA)

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Novartis Pharma AG

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and institutions for initiatives that enhance the quality of eye care. Funding is intended to support projects that include, but are not limited to, education and training, screening and assessment, rural care, technological installments and enhancements, construction and expansion of eye care centers, and raising awareness of eye diseases.

The eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Awards (XOVA) is an award program that aims to support initiatives that help deliver sustainable, improved eye care to reduce the burden of blindness around the world.  Project outcomes should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156595

Number of Grants:

10 awards minimum will be given to programs worldwide.

Estimated Size of Grant:

€50,000 maximum will be awarded per approved program.

Estimated total program funding: €500,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be made on behalf of an academic institution or organization* that endorses the application. An academic institution, such as a university, is one example of a suitable endorsing institution, but other types of organizations also qualify. (This is required because Novartis Pharma AG needs to execute a sponsorship agreement with the endorsing institution or organization prior to the release of any funding. It is not possible to fund, or execute an agreement with, an individual person.)

Patient advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ophthalmologists, optometrists, specialist eye care nurses and allied eye healthcare professionals (including those in training) can all apply, provided the application is made on behalf of an academic institution or organization.

*An organization includes worldwide not-for-profit organizations**, hospitals and clinics. The organization does not have to be associated with an academic institution such as a university.

**Not-for-profit: XOVA actively encourages self-sustaining projects; however, the initiative should not set out to generate profits to be used for personal or corporate gain.

XOVA funding can be part of an ongoing long-term initiative, however the actual the actual project which the XOVA grant would fund must be in the planning phase and not yet started.

No project management support will be provided by Novartis Pharma AG.

XOVA is not intended to provide funding for research or clinical trials, nor for projects that have commenced prior to application submission.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications now open until 31 January 2021.

Winners will be notified by email within several weeks of the application deadline.

If you are involved in more than one project that is eligible for the award, please complete an application form for each. Please do not apply for funding for the same project more than once.

If your application was not selected last year, you are encouraged to reapply.


For further information about the XOVA program:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You can either e-mail your completed application form to or upload it using the form on the URL for Full Text below.

If you have a query about XOVA, please contact:
+41 44 422 4000

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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.

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