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E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind (EMZ Foundation) Grant

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E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind (EMZ Foundation)

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Deadline Date:

11/15/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA researchers for early-stage, innovative research projects related to visual function and visual disorders. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. This program is open to investigators who are employed at the level of assistant professor or higher. This seed grant program is specifically appropriate for early-career junior faculty who have not yet successfully competed for significant outside federal research support.

The EMZ Foundation announces the availability of funds to support promising young investigators performing innovative vision research. The EMZ Foundation is particularly interested in supporting basic or translational research that enhances the understanding of normal visual function, or dysfunction as the result of innate or acquired visual disorders.

Many grantees have gone on to make unique discoveries in the areas of macular degeneration, gene therapy, stem cell research, development, optic nerve regeneration and the neuroscience of visual pathways. Appropriate candidates are basic scientists or clinician scientists of exceptional insight and ability, with strong potential for making significant contributions to understanding the root causes of and developing cures for blindness. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 165867

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request a one-time grant up to $100,000 in direct costs of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators must have an independent, primary (tenure track) faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (or its equivalent) or higher. This seed grant program is specifically appropriate for early career junior faculty who have not yet successfully competed for significant outside federal research support. The EMZ Foundation seeks to support innovative, high-risk/high-reward vision research in its early stages. Investigators who have or have had NIH R01 support (or its equivalent), or are working outside of the U.S., are not eligible for this award.

Projects of a purely clinical nature are not appropriate.

Indirect costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due Date: September 30, 2021, 11:59 PM EST
- Notifications requesting full grant proposal: October 15, 2021
- Full Grant Proposal Due Date for invited applicants: November 15, 2021

Letters of intent (LOI) meeting the technical requirements will be reviewed on scientific merit and relevance to vision research by the EMZ Foundation scientific advisory board. Selected investigators from LOIs will be invited to submit a full grant proposal.

Request for Application information can be downloaded (after Oct 15) on the URL for Full Text below.

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

Questions, LOIs, and applications are to be submitted via email to Marcia Cleary, the EMZ Foundation Administrator at:

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