The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in collaboration with the Free Family Foundation, invites applications for the Free Family Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Award.
To that end, for up to three years, $200,000 per year will support research proposals to understand pathophysiologic mechanisms that cause the transition from aging to early, dry AMD. If successful, the research will inform the design of targeted treatment for the greatest number of people afflicted with early AMD and prevent blindness from late AMD. Proposals must: focus on early, dry AMD; determine the most relevant pathophysiologic pathways and their interactions with other pathways that cause early AMD lesions; include two PIs with distinct areas of scientific expertise who will implement a multidisciplinary project with a team science approach on a topic that is not optimally served by a single laboratory; use animal or cellular models that best address AMD pathobiology; and demonstrate that the outcome will have a direct impact on AMD.
Applicants must hold a PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, DO, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a domestic or foreign: nonprofit organization or public or private institution, such as a university, college, medical school, hospital, research institute, or laboratory. Individuals from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender groups, and individuals with disabilities, are always encouraged to apply.
Letters of intent are due October 4, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application, due January 4, 2023.
Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.