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Applications Now Open for Macular Degeneration Research Grants

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Research Awards to Fund Innovative Vision Science

Clarksburg, MD—BrightFocus Foundation, a premier private funder of vision research, today announced a request for proposals for science projects supported through its Macular Degeneration Research program.

BrightFocus grants cover a wide range of investigator-initiated topics to better understand, treat, and prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.  New this year are three levels of grants targeted to support science at varying levels, ranging from early-stage investigators to more established investigators proposing particularly innovative research.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (maximum award value $200,000, 2 years)
  • New Investigator Grant (maximum award value $450,000, up to 3 years)
  • Innovative Research Grant (maximum award value $600,000, up to 3 years)

BrightFocus funding has blazed new trails of discovery 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, the ‘what-if’s’ of science that may someday help save sight,” said Diane Bovenkamp, PhD, BrightFocus Vice President for Scientific Affairs.

Visit for more information about the BrightFocus macular degeneration grants, including how to apply. For grants beginning in 2021, a Letter of Intent is due July 29, 2020.

About BrightFocus
BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The organization currently manages a global portfolio of 200 grants, a $40 million investment in the bold science that will find the cures for diseases of mind and sight. We share the latest research findings and best practices to empower families impacted by these diseases. Learn more at