Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB Physician-Scientist Award

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RPB Physician-Scientist Awards promote the clinical and/or basic science research of clinicians. The award, $300,000, is payable in two (2) payments, $150,000 per payment upon approval of a 14-month substantive progress report. Awards will be given in three (3) categories.  RPB is partnering with The Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative* to co-fund one (1) award.  

> The RPB / Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative* Physician-Scientist Award will focus on retinal research with an emphasis on expanding relevant knowledge and developing methods to preserve and restore visual function in diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and diabetic retinal neurodegeneration [collectively Diabetic Retinal Disease (DRD)].  Relevant areas include research related to DRD clinical endpoints and biomarkers, retinal vascular dropout and vessel integrity, retinal neuroprotection and regeneration, AI-enhanced diagnostics and therapeutics as well as related stem-cell research, gene therapy, tissue transfection, etc.  Innovative proposals to address restoration of vision in end-stage diabetic retinopathy are encouraged.

The RPB Physician-Scientist Award in Myopia Research will focus on research that seeks to provide a better understanding of the development of myopia and/or how it can be prevented or decelerated.  The number of people affected by myopia is now increasing around the world and is projected to affect 50% of the world population by 2050.

> The RPB Physician-Scientist Award will not have a specific scientific focus and is open to any topic within vision research.

RPB-grantee department chairs may nominate up to two candidates per department  -- one candidate per award listed above.  MDs or MD/PhDs holding primary appointments as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in ophthalmology departments are eligible. PhDs are not eligible.  Candidates are required to devote at least 25% of their time to research and at least 20% of their time to clinical activity.  Candidates are not required to have R01s but such funding will be viewed favorably.  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 within two (2) years.  

Only current RPB-grantee departments of ophthalmology may nominate candidates for the Physician-Scientist Award

* Contingent on partnership funding.

The fall cycle application deadline for the Physician-Scientist Award is July 1, with nomination forms due no later than June 15.   This award is not available during the spring cycle.  Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted.  This award is not available during the spring cycle. (If the 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 / April 2024. 






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