Applications Now Open for 2023 BrightFocus National Glaucoma Research Grants

Research Awards to Fund Innovative Vision Science
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Clarksburg, MD—BrightFocus Foundation, a leading nonprofit funder of vision research, has announced a request for proposals for scientific projects supported through its National Glaucoma Research (NGR) program. The application deadline is October 25, 2022, for projects beginning in 2023.

BrightFocus provides research grants for U.S. as well as international researchers to cover a wide range of investigator-initiated topics to better understand, treat and prevent glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. BrightFocus offers two levels of grants:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship* (maximum award value $150,000, 2 years)
  • Standard Award (maximum award value $200,000, up to 2 years)

Applicants to the NGR standard award program are encouraged to apply for funding to create tools that would benefit all investigators in the field, including animal models of disease or cell lines.

*Fellowships are limited to researchers within 4 years of doctoral degree conferral (or end of residency). All other applicants are encouraged to apply for a standard award.

BrightFocus funding has led to breakthroughs and supported innovative scientists who have received multiple awards and honors, including two Nobel Prizes.

“We encourage scientists from around the world to bring us their bold, high-impact ideas, that may someday help save sight,” said Diane Bovenkamp, PhD, BrightFocus’ Vice President, Scientific Affairs.

Visit the BrightFocus website here for more information about the organization’s glaucoma grants, including how to apply. View the most recent annual NGR research portfolio for an overview of scientific projects that the program currently supports.



About BrightFocus

BrightFocus Foundation, a premier nonprofit funder of research worldwide to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration and glaucoma, is currently supporting a $65 million portfolio of nearly 275 scientific projects. BrightFocus shares the latest research findings, expert information and resources to empower families impacted by these diseases. 

For questions about the RFP, please contact:

Preeti Subramanian
Director of Scientific Programs, Vision Science
BrightFocus Foundation

For media-related inquiries, please contact:

Kaci Baez
Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Communications
BrightFocus Foundation

Julia Roth
Director, Marketing & Communications
BrightFocus Foundation


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