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Grant Application

Grant Application for 2018

Each grant application must be SIGNED by the principal investigator and either their Department Chair or Dean of Research.

In addition to delivering the signed original application (hard copy), email these files to the office (

Subject line of the email: NEW [or RENEWAL] SUBMISSION – [LAST NAME]

Files to attach to this email:

1)       Pdf file of your proposal

2)       2018 Grant Summary in Layman’s Terms (NEW OR RENEWAL)



3)       2018 Grant Budget Summary


NOTE: Bibliography, data and figures do not count against the word limits.

NOTIFICATION OF GRANT AWARDS: Notification of new grant application funding will be made by mid-January 2018.




I. COVER PAGE (one page):

  1. Title of research project
  2. Location (institution & department) where research is conducted
  3. Principal investigator
  4. Co-investigator(s)
  5. Address, phone number, and e-mail of investigator(s)
  6. Name, address and phone number of official to be notified if award is made
  7. Grant period (calendar year 2018)
  8. Total amount requested
  9. Signatures of principal investigator and of Department Chair or Dean of Research

II. SCIENTIFIC SUMMARY – A scientific summary written in layman’s terms, with emphasis on the information your project seeks and how this information will contribute to the prevention, treatment or cure of retinal disease. (500 word limit)

III. PURPOSE OF PROJECT – Prepare a concise statement of the purpose and specific aims of your project. (300 word limit)

IV. TYPE OF PROJECT – Indicate the type of your project:  basic research, translational research, clinical research.

V. METHODOLOGY OF PROJECT – A summary of the methodology to be used in the project. (1000 word limit)

VI. RESULTS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED– Summarize results previously published by the investigators or others which relate to this project. (1000 word limit)


  1. Personnel and Salaries – list percentage of time to be spent on project
  2. Equipment – include a description of each item with make, model and price (See Special Notes)
  3. Supplies
  4. Total amount of grant support requested
  5. List additional grant support related to this project
  6. List other grant support available to principal investigator not related to project.
  7. RRF does not allow indirect expenses in a grant budget, overhead, travel expenses, publication costs or book purchases. It is RRF policy not to fund the salary of the principal investigator(s).


  1. Attach a separate page which describes each piece of equipment being requested and includes (a) a brief summary in layman’s terms of the purpose of each piece of equipment; and (b) the make and model of each piece of equipment and a descriptive brochure.
  2. Equipment purchased with funding from RRF is not to be transferred or shared with other facilities or scientists without previous permission from RRF.  Funds available from other grants may not be commingled with RRF funding in the purchase of major equipment.
  3. Complete control of all aspects of the budget, including any changes in category, will be at the discretion of RRF.  Changes in the budget are discouraged.  Any changes to the budget must be requested in writing from the President of the RRF, in detail.  WRITTEN APPROVAL BY the President of the RRF IS NECESSARY PRIOR TO THE CHANGE and the appropriate official at the institution will be notified if any change is approved.
  4. It is the policy of RRF to not fund the same individual on two projects at the same time.  If at any time during the term of the approved pilot study grant (calendar year), the grantee is awarded an RRF Chair or RRF Professorship, the pilot study award will be terminated effective on that date and any further funds previously granted will be cancelled.

IX. RESEARCH UTILIZATION ASPECTS – In this section, describe the clinical applications you foresee as a result of this project.

X. PROJECT PAYMENTS – RRF operates on a calendar year basis and research projects payments are funded at the beginning of each quarter.  Provide the name and address of the official and department at your institution to receive the payment. See Section VIII. D. above for special situations.

XI. CURRICULUM VITAE – This section should include the curriculum vitae of the principal investigator and co-investigators, along with the bibliographies and a photograph of the principal investigator. The curriculum vitae should not exceed 50 pages in length and does not need to include abstracts or meeting presentations more than 3 years old. If re-applying an updated copy of the curriculum vitae is required. Photographs in your work setting are preferred, but any photograph is acceptable.


Grant recipients must re-apply for continued funding on a yearly basis, which will be considered providing progress made is justified in the yearly grant review.

PROJECT SUMMARY AND PHOTOGRAPHS – A brief layman’s summary of the purpose of the project, progress during the prior grant award period, and plans for the next year’s grant request should be provided with the renewal grant application.  This information will be used by RRF for the website, annual report, newsletter, and other communications with the public throughout the year.

Photographs (head shots, scientific type photos, and laboratory photos) should be provided annually for the RRF website, annual report, and newsletter.

PROGRESS REPORTS – Progress reports are to be submitted to RRF annually. This section should be of the project’s activities over the grant period. Project findings to date, even if tentative, should be summarized. Tables and exhibits may be added as needed. A report covering the first year of a project may have less content than later reports because of delays inherent in the first year of any project.  However, these delays must be explained, whether because of staff, equipment or facilities. The review of the first year’s progress report will take these factors into consideration.

Any changes in purpose of methodology of the project should be fully explained in this section. Of primary importance is the degree to which the project has fulfilled its stated purpose.  The report should be clear and specific; indicating how the purpose has been carried out during the grant period and what progress has been made.

PLANS FOR THE NEXT PERIOD – This should be a brief statement. Future plans should be differentiated from and not reported as a part of the summary of the past year’s activities.

REPRINTS – Three (3) copies of reprints of scientific papers, presented as a direct result of research work funded by RRF, are to be submitted to RRF as soon as possible after publication.

REPORT OF ACTUAL EXPENDITURES – A report of the actual expenditures of the project is due in the offices of the Retina Research Foundation no later than April 30th after the expiration of the grant year.  All requests for carryovers in category must be specifically approved in writing by the Foundation.  Failure to comply with this provision is not acceptable.

FUND BALANCES – A statement reflecting unspent funds in each budget category is due at the end of the grant period.

PRESS RELATIONS – When you have contact with the press concerning any part of your project funded by the Foundation, please notify us.


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