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RPB/International Retinal Research Foundation Catalyst award for innovative Research approaches for age-related macular degeneration

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The RPB/IRRF Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) provides funds to researchers who are working on novel approaches to AMD.  These Catalyst Awards are intended to provide venture capital and seed money to proposed high-risk/high-gain vision science research, which is innovative, cutting-edge, and demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking.  Research related to both dry and wet forms of AMD may be supported by this award.  The $300,000 grant is payable for up to three (3) years upon approval of a 14-month substantive progress report.

Candidates are not required to be in the ophthalmology department, but they must be from institutions where RPB provides support to a department of ophthalmology.  RPB-supported ophthalmology Chairs can nominate up to two candidates in one review cycle, Assistant Professor through Professor.  If nominating two candidates, only one candidate can be from the ophthalmology department.  However, both candidates can be from departments other than ophthalmology.  Awardees are 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 within two (2) years.

The fall cycle application deadline for the Catalyst is July 1.  (If July 1 falls on a weekend or a holiday, consider the following business day the deadline.)

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