Preserving the Precious Gift of Sight


Now in our 48th year of existence, RRF continues to participate actively in basic science retina research through several coordinated avenues of investigation.

No component of the research program stands alone. Each scientist is making a contribution to the whole, filling in details and adding different shades of understanding to the same overall subject.

Pilot Study Grants

Building on the solid foundation of known science, pilot study scientists work within their unique selected fields, and findings from those diverse projects add to the body of knowledge. Each scientist’s project has evolved over time to adapt to new insights.

Pilot Study Grants application information is available on this site.

Research Programs

In addition to supporting pilot study grants, RRF has established collaborative relationships with these key international and national organizations:

• American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
• Foundation of American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO)
• International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
• International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation (ICOF)
• The Macula Society
• The Retina Society
• Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
• American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
• Club Jules Gonin
• Swiss Ophthalmological Society – University of Lausanne
• Schepens International Society (SIS)
• International Society for Eye Research (ISER)
• Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)
• Baylor College of Medicine
• University of Wisconsin
• McPherson Eye Research Institute

Collaborations between RRF and these leading vitreoretinal organizations have made possible a diverse ongoing program of established research including:

• Chairs and Professorships at teaching universities
• Research Awards presented to renowned scientists
• International Fellowships
• Educational and career advancement opportunities for young scientists

Retina Research Foundation has developed a varied and balanced program of scientific research. Our role is to lay the groundwork for discovery as we work together to achieve the common goal of finding the causes and cures of retinal disease.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) AAO Educational Trust Fund
American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) RRF Pyron Award
Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) RRF Lawrence Travel Awards
Baylor College of Medicine RRF Research Chair
Club Jules Gonin RRF Gonin Lecturer
International Congress of Ophthalmology (ICO) – Swiss Ophthalmological Society – University of Lausanne Gonin Medal
International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation (ICO) ICO – RRF Helmerich International Fellowships
International Society for Eye Research (ISER) RRF Kayser International Award
The Macula Society RRF Cox Macula Research Project
Pan-American Ophthalmological Association (PAAO) Gillingham Fellowships (Pan-American)
Pan-American Ophthalmological Association (PAAO) Paul Kayser/RRF Global Award
The Retina Society RRF Award of Merit in Retina Research
Schepens International Society (SIS) Charles L. Schepens, MD/AAO Award
University of Wisconsin Dept of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Chairs and Professorships
McPherson Eye Research Institute Chairs and Professorships



Continue to build an organization oriented to the future and worthy of a legacy created by over four decades of service.

Maintain the highest standards of scientific and financial accountability in conducting RRF programs.

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Mission of RRF

The mission of the Retina Research Foundation is to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education. As a public charity, RRF raises funds from the private sector and the investment of its endowment funds.

RRF’s 48th Anniversary

October 1, 2017