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Foundation Fighting Blindness: Career Development Award

Grant Amount: $375,000 over five years
Deadline: March 25, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Blindness,
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The mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive research on the prevention, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

To advance this mission, the foundation is inviting applications for its Career Development Awards. Through the program, grants of $375,000 over five years will be awarded to junior investigators eager to pursue vigorous research on therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases (i.e., inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and non-exudative age-related macular degeneration). The goal of the program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research, elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs, and develop innovative strategies for the prevention, treatment, and cure for these diseases. At least two awards are available in 2021.

A CDA recipient must be mentored by one or more senior clinician-scientist and the application must include a “Mentor’s Proposal for Training” that details how the senior clinician-scientist will help the junior investigator advance his/her knowledge and career. Scientists with an established research program can serve as a co-mentor with a senior clinician-scientist.

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