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Apply for a Macular Degeneration Research Grant

Grant Details

BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Request for Proposal for FY22 Macular Degeneration Research Program

Letter of Intent deadline: July 29, 2021, 5:00 PM EST
Full Proposal deadline: December 3, 2021, 05:00 PM EST (By Invitation only)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Scope: 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. 
Proposal Length: Two-page description of the proposed research
Award Amount: $100,000 per year (total value $200,000)
Duration: 2 years

New Investigator Grant Program

Scope: 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.
Proposal Length: Two-page description of the proposed research
Award Amount: $150,000 per year (total value $450,000)
Duration: up to 3 years

Innovative Research Grants

Scope: This program is intended to provide support for high-risk/high-gain age-related macular degeneration research. We hope 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.
Proposal Length: Three-page description of the proposed research
Award Amount: $200,000 per year (total value $600,000)
Duration: up to 3 years

How to Apply

Note: Your organization must be registered with proposalcentral in order to apply. If your institution is not registered with ProposalCentral, please contact the Grants and Contracts Office or Sponsored Programs Office at your institution and request they visit https://proposalcentral.com/ and set up an account. 

  1. To start a new application, go to https://proposalcentral.com/ and login under the “Application Login” section. If you do not have an account yet, click the orange “CREATE ONE NOW!” button under the Application Login.

  2. An e-mail will be sent to you with a confirmation number. Open the e-mail and copy the confirmation number. Return to https://proposalcentral.com/ and login under the “Application Login” section by providing the username and password you created. Paste the confirmation number and click the ‘Submit Confirmation Number’ button.

  3. To locate an open announcement, click the gray Grant Opportunities tab in the upper right. Click the Filter by GrantMaker button and select BrightFocus Foundation from the drop-down menu. All the opportunities available for BrightFocus will show.

  4. Click the link in the Grant Maker column to open the grant maker’s website in a separate browser window or tab. Click the link and/or download the document in the Program column to see program information. To start an application, click the “Apply Now” button. To start a new application and upload attachments, you must use our ProposalCentral application portal to apply online.

Note: We recommend accessing the application portal using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You may experience some issues with other browsers for accessing or navigating BrightFocus’ application portal. Please note that Microsoft Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact a representative of the Research Grants office by telephone at 800-437-2423 or email researchgrants@brightfocus.org.

For application instructions and information about our programs, please visit our website at https://www.brightfocus.org/research/apply/main.html



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