Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB Career advancement Award

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Up to three (3) Career Advancement Awards, $150,000 each, will  be given.  RPB is partnering with The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) to co-fund one (1) award, and two (2) awards will be funded by RPB.  The Career Advancement Award assists outstanding early-career vision scientists in pursuit of ongoing research of unusual significance and promise.  This one-time award is available to candidates who have already received their first NIH R01 and are collecting new data to apply for a second R01. 

  • The RPB / TGF Career Advancement Award will focus on glaucoma research, specifically on degeneration of human retinal ganglion cells with openness to connectomic; genetic; imaging; and epidemiologic approaches, as well as regeneration approaches for glaucoma research.
  • The RPB Career Advancement Awards will not have a specific scientific focus and are open to any topic within vision research. 

The award is open to any Assistant Professor (MDs, PhDs, or MD/PhDs) with a primary appointment in a department of ophthalmology or any relevant department from any institution of higher education in the U.S.  Candidates must have their first NIH R01 with at least one year remaining.  The candidate can be a multiple principal investigator (MPI) on their first R01.

Only one nomination per department per school will be considered in this grant category from full-time department chairs.   Interim or acting Chairs cannot nominate a candidate for this award. 

Awardees will be required to expend the award within two (2) years.

The fall cycle application deadline for the Career Advancement Award is July 1, with nomination forms due no later than June 15.  Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted.  (If nomination or application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, consider the following business day the deadline.)

The nomination and application forms as well as the guidelines and instructions for completing the application form for this award are available below.  

RPB Career Advancement Award Nomination Form

RPB Career Advancement Award Application Form

RPB Career Advancement Award Guidelines / Instructions


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