Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB/RDPFS and RPB/CTAF Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award

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The RPB/Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation and RPB/Consumer Technology Association Foundation Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award promotes the development of assistive devices for persons with low vision, with a focus on mobile and/or wearable innovations that can be implemented on multiple platforms, such as electronic tablets or phones. Two awards, up to $150,000 each, over one year will be provided.  Proposals can include environmental adaptations which can improve a visually impaired individual's ability to perform a daily living activity.

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.  The Award will NOT fund: evaluations of existing education or treatment interventions; supplements or additional funding to projects with existing funding; market research (e.g., to determine the need for a particular innovation); or approaches that are focused on potential drug therapy or intraocular implant approaches. 

Eligible researchers (regardless of academic rank) must be at U.S.-based higher education and/or advanced academic institutions.  The Award particularly encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among engineers, ophthalmologists/optometrists, and rehabilitation specialists (e.g., OTs, VRT's, special education professionals, etc.) that bring together technical knowledge and the lived experience of persons with low vision.  For these interdisciplinary collaborations, some academic institutions may seek non-academic partners, although only academic institutions may serve as the grantee.  There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted from any one institution. Candidates receiving the highest scores on preliminary application submissions will be asked to submit full applications.





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