Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to provide initial funding for innovative scientific research to discover the causes of, improve treatments for, and find cures for Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

We are proud to have awarded more than $151.4 million* dollars to fund ground-breaking research to help eradicate these diseases of mind and sight. Most of the researchers use the awarded funds to demonstrate key findings that lead to later interest and additional support from industrial or governmental funding agencies.

See the science we fund to learn more about our grantees and their research. It is our firm belief that courageous investments in innovative ideas will lead to revolutionary therapies.

Research We Support

BrightFocus is currently supporting a total of 149 research grants:

Types of Grants

This year, we’re offering several funding opportunities for researchers. Learn more about these specific types of grants and who should apply.

Deadlines & Guidelines

Application deadlines for BrightFocus research grants vary by program. Find out when you need to submit your grant application and learn about the specific requirements for formatting your documents.

Apply for a Grant

Get step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a research grant and learn more about submission guidelines and deadlines for applying.

Terms & Conditions of Grant Awards

We provide grants for basic research on the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Read about the terms and conditions of our research grants.

Patent & Intellectual Property Policy

BrightFocus Foundation has designed its policies to maximize the dissemination of science to the public and to the commercial sector, and to encourage the efficient flow of research funds to investigators. Read the full policy here.

For Current Awardees

Congratulations on receiving a BrightFocus grant. We want to ensure the smooth running of your funded award and are happy to help you in any way. On this page, you can find the information and resources you need to communicate with us throughout various stages of your grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Get an answer in our FAQs. Read our frequently asked questions for common answers about our grant programs, eligibility, how to apply online, and the application process.