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

Grants to USA Investigators at IHEs for Research to
Investigate Visual Function and Disorders

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

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Deadline Date:

10/03/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to USA early career investigators employed at institutions of higher education for innovative research on visual function and visual disorders. Applicants must submit an LOI before submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support translational or basic research that enhances the understanding of normal visual function or dysfunction as the result of innate or acquired visual disorders.

Previous 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 up to $80,000 in direct costs per year for three years of support up to a total of $240,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may request up to three years 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 means only junior, independent investigators with dedicated lab space and long-term commitment from the institutions are eligible for grants.

This seed grant program is specifically appropriate for early career junior faculty who have not yet successfully competed for significant outside federal research support.

Not eligible:
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.

Pre-Application Information:


- Letter of Intent Due Date: August 15, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
- Full Grant Proposal Due Date for invited applicants: October 3, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Letters of intent (LOI) that meet 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.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Marcia Cleary, Administrator
(203) 604-8620

Michael Crair, Chair of the EMZ Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee

For technical questions regarding using ProposalCentral, please contact:
800 875 2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada)
+1 703 964 5840 (Direct Dial International)

The E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
20 Thorndal Circle
Darien, CT 06820

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