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Grants for Individuals - RPB Physician-Scientist Award

Grants to USA Clinical Scientists
for Ophthalmology Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)

Deadline Date:

06/15/19 - Deadline for nominations; Applications accepted through 07/01/19.


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Grants to USA MDs and MD/PhDs holding appointments as assistant- or associate- professors in ophthalmology departments for clinical research. This program is intended to provide a funding opportunity for clinicians who find it difficult to compete against basic scientists for national-level grant support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183386

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award of $300,000 is payable in two payments, $150,000 per payment with the second payment contingent upon approval of a 14-month substantive progress report.

Term of Contract:

Awardees will be required to expend the award within three (3) years if granted the full $300,000. Otherwise, the awardee is required to expend the initial $150,000 award payment within two (2) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MDs or MD/PhDs holding primary appointments as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in ophthalmology departments are eligible. PhDs are not eligible. Candidates should be actively engaged in clinical research. Only current RPB-grantee departments of ophthalmology may nominate candidates for the Physician-Scientist Award.

RPB-supported Chairs can nominate one MD or MD/PhD currently holding a primary academic position as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in ophthalmology. The candidate should be actively engaged in clinical research. PhDs are ineligible. Interim or acting Chairs cannot nominate a candidate for this award.

Candidates must devote at least 25% of their time to research. Candidates are not required to have R01s, but such funding will be viewed favorably. Though not a requirement, presentation of preliminary data may increase a candidate's chances.

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

Previous recipients of this award are not eligible to apply.

Chairs may nominate only one person per grant category, per cycle. Candidates must be full-time faculty in the department of ophthalmology 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 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is July 1, with nomination forms due no later than June 15. Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted. (If deadline falls on a weekend, consider the following business day the deadline.) Awards are disbursed in December.

Complete the nomination form (in Word) and email to Pattie Moran.

Application: RPB will accept applications and most supporting documentation via the password-protected page on RPB’s website 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 11:59 pm 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:

Nomination forms may be submitted via email to the address below. 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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