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Grants for Individuals - RPB/Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) International Research Collaborators Award

Grant to a USA Ophthalmology Researcher
for International Research Collaboration

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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Grant of up to $75,000 to a USA based researcher in ophthalmology or another relevant department for an international collaboration in vision research. The purpose of this collaboration is to broaden the knowledge and skill base of the researchers and to develop treatments for blinding disorders, positively affecting large populations worldwide for years to come.

Under a reciprocal arrangement, a US-based researcher -- MD, PhD, or MD/PhD with a primary appointment in the department of ophthalmology or a relevant department as an Assistant Professor through full Professor -- will be funded to go for a period of time to an institution outside the US to gain new knowledge and/or skills, and deepen collaborative relationships with researchers there that will be conducive to future research collaborations. In turn, the institution outside the US will send a researcher for a period of time to the US institution from which the US researcher came. A minimum of three months stay in the other country is expected by each researcher with a fair amount of flexibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183383

Estimated Size of Grant:

RPB/SNF International Research Collaborators Award: $75,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Chairs may nominate a US-based MD, PhD, or MD/PhD with a primary appointment in either the ophthalmology department or in another relevant department (Assistant Professor through full Professor), particularly encouraging early-career investigators.

Chairs may submit an application from only one person per grant category, per cycle. Candidates must be full-time faculty in their primary appointment department 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 non-transferable to other individuals or other institutions. Should the awardee leave his/her primary appointment department or the outside US collaborator leave their home institution during the collaboration, the department must return any unspent funds.

Pre-Application Information:


Nomination Form (required):
December 15, 2017 for January 2018 deadline
June 15, 2018 for July 2018 deadline

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.

No letters of recommendation are required for this application.

Matching funds are not required, however, a match is encouraged by the department and/or the institution outside the US.

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:

Nomination forms should be submitted via email to:
Pattie Moran

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