Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB / LCIF Low Vision Research Award

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The RPB / Lions Clubs International Foundation Low Vision Research Award (LVRA) 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 LVRA 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 LVRA will NOT fund evaluations of existing interventions and educational programs; epidemiological or demographic studies; or Phase III trials.  Intervention development, proof of concept studies, and feasibility studies are eligible.  Phase II trials are eligible if the applicant clearly demonstrates that the LVRA budget covers the cost of the Phase II trial; or if not, the applicant needs to explain how he/she proposes to secure additional funding.  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. 

This award is available to researchers from any institution of higher education in the U.S. currently holding a primary academic position as Assistant Professor through full Professor.  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.

The spring cycle application deadline for the Low Vision Research Award is January 20, with nomination forms due no later than December 15.  Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted. This award is not available during the fall 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 September / October 2021.  




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