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Beckman-Argyros Vision Grant Program

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


The Beckman - Argyros Award in Vision Research rewards one individual annually who has made and is continuing to make significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research; particularly through the development of an innovative technology or fundamental scientific breakthrough that has been applied to, aided and/or improved the vision sciences.

One Award will be made annually.

All applicants for the Award must be nominated. The Nominator must submit a statement on the importance of the work performed by the Nominee. The Nominee must submit a summary of the impact of their work as well as a research proposal for work that would be enabled by the Award.

The Award consists of a research award of $400,000 to the Nominee’s laboratory, and a personal award of $100,000 paid directly to the Nominee

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  • The Nominee must be:
    • A recognized leader in their field of scientific expertise who made a significant transformative breakthrough in vision research;
    • Actively engaged in vision research or research which may be applied to vision sciences;
    • A tenured M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with an appointment in a basic science department, or a similar appointment;
    • Conducting research at a U.S. university or research institution with a 501(c)(3), or other similarly qualifying, IRS designation;
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States at time of application.
  • The Nominator must:
    • Hold an established post, such as, an Officer, dean or other authorized person with signing authority, at a University, Research Institution and be competent and qualified to identify the significant transformative research of the nominee; or
    • Be an officer of a private/public corporation who has the authority to submit nomination applications on behalf of their company, and is competent, qualified and able to identify the significant transformative research of the nominee.
  • Nominees can be, but need not be, from the home institution of the Nominator.


  • Incomplete applications and/or materials received after the deadline will be eliminated from the competition.
  • Past recipients of the Beckman-Argyros Award are not eligible for Award consideration.
  • Self nominations are not allowed.
  • Committee members associated with the review and selection of the Beckman-Argyros Award are prohibited from submitting a nomination and/or being nominated for the award.