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Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB/LCIF Low Vision Research 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 pmoran@rpbusa.org.

The RPB/Lions Clubs International Foundation Low Vision Research Award (RPB/LCIF Award) serves as a catalyst to launch brand new lines of research which target damage to the visual system. The research should seek to answer such questions as: what happens to degraded input and how is it processed; what are the adaptive strategies in the visual pathway in response to visual impairment; how does the brain re-organize itself with visual damage; and how can the visibility of objects be enhanced?

The $300,000 RPB/LCIF Award is payable in two installments, $150,000 a payment with the second payment contingent upon approval of a 14-month substantive progress report. Interdisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged. The RPB/LCIF Award will NOT fund evaluations of existing interventions and educational programs, nor will the Award fund epidemiological or demographic studies. The proposed research cannot be funded – previously or currently – by NEI, NIH, or other federal funders, although modest initial funding by private funders/foundations is acceptable. 

RPB-supported Departments of Ophthalmology Chairs may nominate Ophthalmology faculty and/or scientists/researchers outside the Department of Ophthalmology at the institution and can nominate no more than two candidates currently holding a primary academic position as Assistant Professor through full Professor.  Only one nomination can be for a candidate within the Department of Ophthalmology; both candidates may be from an outside relevant department.  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.

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