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Grants for Individuals - RPB Career Development Award

Grants to USA Individuals for Career Development
in Ophthalmology Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)

Deadline Date:

06/15/18 - Deadline for nominations; Applications accepted through 07/01/18.


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Grants to USA junior ophthalmology faculty members and young researchers for career development. A nomination letter is required before submitting an application. Nominees must be MDs or MD/PHDs and have demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, though a mentoring plan is an integral part of the award.

RPB Grantee Chairs may nominate one candidate in each grant review cycle enabling a school to possibly receive two CDAs per calendar year.

Any part of the RPB grant not earmarked for salary should be used to equip and staff the awardee’s lab and fund research efforts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181550

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Awardees will be required to expend the award within four (4) years if granted the full $300,000. Otherwise, the awardee is required to expend the initial $150,000 award payment within three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nominated by RPB-supported Chairs, candidates must have, or be recruited to, a primary appointment in ophthalmology (up to and including Assistant Professor), and with primary lab space under ophthalmology’s jurisdiction. Candidates may be sought from either ophthalmology, basic science, or other relevant departments within one’s own institution or from other institutions. Previous recipients of this grant are ineligible.

- The candidate’s first full-time ophthalmology faculty appointment must have been within three (3) years of the application deadline. Past RPB Special Scholar Awardees are ineligible.

- At the application deadline, the candidate cannot currently have an R01 or have been awarded an R01 in the past as a Principal Investigator. Candidates with pending R01s are eligible.

- MDs and MD/PhDs must devote at least 50% of their time to research activities, with 60% desirable, as opposed to teaching or medical practice.

- PhD faculty/recruits must have a secondary appointment in a basic science or other relevant department prior to submission of the proposal and must remain in the secondary appointment while the grant is active. There is no salary requirement from the secondary department. This does not apply to MDs or MD/PhDs.

- Chairs may nominate only one person per grant category, per cycle, and candidates must either be US citizens or permanent residents (green card holder) by the application deadline. Any previous individual RPB grants to the candidate must be fully spent and recognized as terminated by RPB before an individual researcher may apply for another RPB grant. All RPB grants must remain free of institutional overhead and are nontransferable to other individuals or other institutions. Should the awardee leave the department of ophthalmology, the department must return any unspent funds. Any equipment purchased with RPB funds is the property of the Department of Ophthalmology. Complete grant stipulations are included in award letters.

- The grant cannot replace salary support currently derived from other sources.

Pre-Application Information:


Nomination forms are a requirement. For the January 10 application deadline, nomination forms are due no later than December 15, 2017; for the July 1 application deadline, nomination forms are due no later than June 15, 2018.

January 10, 2018 by 11:59 PM ET (awarded in June)
July 1, 2018 by 11:59 PM ET (awarded in December)

Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted.

Application: RPB will accept applications and most supporting documentation via the password-protected page on RPB’s web-site that has been established for application submission. Please note only one (1) upload action, with application and all applicable supporting documentation, will be accepted per candidate. This upload must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on the deadline date.

Recommendation letters must be sent directly from the referee or his/her office and cannot be attached to the candidate’s application submission upload. Recommendation letters included in the upload will not be accepted. Letters must be received by 5:00 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via regular mail, or by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via email.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Recommendation letters may be submitted via regular mail or email to:
Pattie Moran
Research to Prevent Blindness
360 Lexington Ave., 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10017-6528
(646) 892-9566

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