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Grant Guidelines and Information

Grant Guidelines and Information

Dear RRF Grant Applicant:

Below are the Guidelines for Grant Application for your use in applying for next year, 2018.



The completed application should convey how the grant will serve to further the purpose of your research project.

All grant applications are due in the RRF office by Monday, November 6, 2017.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in mid-December, and all applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in mid-January 2018.

Grant reapplications are subject to repeat review on an individual basis each year.


Alice McPherson, M.D.



General Guidelines for Grant Awards

A. The following are eligible to apply for grant awards:

  1. Applicants who hold a medical degree (M.D.) or a doctorate (Ph.D.);
  2. Applicants who have a long term (at least 3 years) commitment to a project;
  3. Applicants who will conduct research in the United States at a university, medical school or eye institute; applications from for-profit centers or industry-sponsored research centers will not be considered;
  4. Applicants who are U. S. citizens or green card/permanent U. S. residents.

B. Topics: retina research ONLY (and excluding retinal ganglion research).

C. Grant budgets should include salaries, equipment and supplies. It is RRF policy not to fund the salary of the principal investigator(s). The following may not be included in budgets: travel expense, expenses related to publication of the research, and indirect costs.

D. Grants must be awarded for one year only.  Applicants must re-apply for continued funding on an annual basis – such reapplications will be considered in the light of progress made in the previous year.

The grant awards should attempt to support a project for a three-year grant period. If you have plans for a three year study, you may include that information in an addendum to the application.

E. Budgets are usually limited to $25,000-50,000 per grant unless supported by another funding source for a higher amount.

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