Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB Career Development Award

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

The RPB Career Development Award helps recruit young MDs, PhDs, or PhDs to eye research and support promising junior ophthalmology faculty. The $300,000 grant is payable for up to four (4) years upon approval of a 20-month substantive progress report.

Candidates may be sought from either ophthalmology, basic science, or other relevant departments within one's own institution or from other institutions. Nominees must have, or be recruited to, primary appointments in ophthalmology with academic positions up to and including Assistant Professor. Candidate's first full-time ophthalmology faculty appointment must have been within three (3) years of the application deadline.  PhDs must have a secondary appointment in a basic science or other relevant department prior to submission. MDs and MD/PhDs must devote at least 50% of their time to research activities, with 60% desirable. The candidate cannot currently have or have held an R01 as a Principal Investigator. Grantee chairs may nominate one candidate in each grant review cycle. Awardees will be required to expend the award within four (4) years if granted the full $300,000. Otherwise, the awardee is required to expend the initial $150,000 within three (3) years.

The spring cycle application deadline for the Career Development Award is January 10. The fall cycle application deadline is July 1. (If January 10 or July 1 falls on a weekend or a holiday, consider the following business day the deadline.)

Download the RPB Career Development award Guidelines

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