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Macular Degeneration Research Grants

Fellowships and Grants to USA, Canada, and International Medical
Professionals and Scientists for Research Related to Macular Degeneration

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BrightFocus Foundation

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Deadline Date:

12/03/21 5:00 PM EST


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Fellowships and grants to USA, Canada, and International medical professionals and scientists for biomedical research related to macular degeneration. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for research on the prevention, treatments, and cures of macular degeneration.

Award Categories:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: This fellowship program is intended to support young postdoctoral researchers during their final stages of mentored training. The award provides salary support for a young scientist to conduct postdoctoral studies in an established laboratory focused on research contributing to understanding the biological causes and/or new clinical treatment of macular degeneration and should also serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.

New Investigator Grant Program:  This research grant is intended to support investigators during their early years as an independent investigator involved in studies that have an impact on the causes and/or treatment of macular degeneration.

Innovative Research Grants: This program is intended to provide support for high-risk/high-gain age-related macular degeneration research. The Foundation hopes to attract established investigators to apply for this support, but the aims of the application must contain outside-the-box ideas that are novel in the field. Applicants who are experts in another field are encouraged to apply their talents to proposing innovative research in the macular degeneration field.

MDR postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to support the fellow’s salary and benefits. For more information, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182199

Estimated Size of Grant:

The following maximum award values may be requested:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: $100,000/ year (total value $200,000)
- New Investigator Grant: $150,000/ year (total value $450,000)
- Innovative Research Grant: $200,000/ year (total value $600,000)

Term of Contract:

Funded Award Start Date: July 1, 2021

Maximum Duration:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: 2 years
- New Investigator Grant: 3 years
- Innovative Research Grant: 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program:
Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DVM, DO, OD, or equivalent degree received no more than four years before the time of application. For clinician scientists, this application should be submitted within two years after completion of their final clinical training. Exceptions to the above four-year and two-year eligibility period will be considered under unusual circumstances. Candidates must submit a written exception request to BrightFocus and obtain approval before applying

New Investigator Grant Program:
This research grant program is restricted to new and early investigators who have received their MD, PhD, or equivalent degree within the past 10 years at the time of application. While BrightFocus designed this award with the intention of supporting investigators who are just starting an independent research career in macular degeneration research who do not have independent grant support, the Foundation will consider new scientists who also have new R01-or equivalent grant support if the research proposed is not overlapping with other awards. Exceptions to the above ten-year eligibility period will be considered under unusual circumstances. Candidates must submit a written exception request to BrightFocus and obtain approval before applying.

Innovative Research Grant Program:
- Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DVM, DO, OD or equivalent degree
- Applicant must serve as the Principal Investigator on the project and have independent laboratory space

For complete eligibility criteria for each program, see

BrightFocus funds internationally as well as domestically.

Ineligible Costs:
- The budget may not contain administrative overhead or indirect costs.
- BrightFocus will not fund the purchase of large capital equipment.
- Tuition remission is not an allowable budget item.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent FY22: Due July 29, 2021
- Full applications FY22 (by invitation only): Due December 03, 2021
Note: All deadlines are 5:00 p.m. EST (Washington, D.C.) on the day of the deadline.

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Phone: 1-800-437-2423
Fax: (301) 258-9454

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