Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB/Stavros niarchos Foundation international research collaborators award


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The RPB/Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Research Collaborators Award promotes international collaborations through which collaborating researchers in the US and outside the US gain new knowledge and skills.  These international collaborations have the potential to accelerate the development of treatments for blinding disorders, positively affecting large populations worldwide for years to come. 

Under a reciprocal arrangement, a US-based researcher -- MD, PhD, or MD/PhD with a primary appointment in the department of ophthalmology or a relevant department as an Assistant Professor through full Professor -- will be funded to go for a period of time to an institution outside the US to gain new knowledge and/or skills, and deepen collaborative relationships with researchers there that will be conducive to future research collaborations.  In turn, the institution outside the US will send a researcher for a period of time to the US institution from which the US researcher came.  A minimum of three months stay in the other country is expected by each researcher with a fair amount of flexibility. 

The collaboration should provide a synergistic benefit to each researcher and to the culminating project.  The submission must spell out specific and cogent objectives to be accomplished by each of the collaborating researchers toward the fulfillment of two broad goals:  (1) gaining new knowledge and skills; and (2) strengthening collaborations across international boundaries.  Successful candidates will leverage the unique expertise of each researcher, whereby their collaboration creates a work product that is more than the sum of its parts.  An award of up to $75,000 is available.  Matching funds are not required, however, a match is encouraged by the department and/or the institution outside the US. 

The spring cycle application deadline for the International Research Collaborators 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.)


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