Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB / Allergan Foundation Career advancement Award

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If you have any questions regarding the RPB Grants Program, please contact RPB's Director of Grants Administration, Pattie Moran, at 646-892-9566 or

The RPB / Allergan Foundation Career Advancement Award assists outstanding early career ophthalmic scientists in pursuit of ongoing research of unusual significance and promise.  This one-time award, $150,000, is available to candidates who have already received their first NIH R01 and are collecting new data to apply for a second R01. 

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 for this award will be available March 2021. 

RPB / Allergan Foundation Career Advancement Award Guidelines


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