National Glaucoma Research Program: Standard Awards

BrightFocus Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Deadline: Nov 9, 2018 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Biomedical

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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National Glaucoma Research Program

The term "glaucoma" refers to a group of related eye disorders that have few symptoms in their early stages but that eventually result in damage to the optic nerve, which is the bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain.

There are two main forms of glaucoma: open-angle (the most common form, affecting approximately 70 to 95 percent of individuals who have glaucoma) and angle-closure. Both of these can lead to loss of side vision and eventually to complete blindness. There are more than three million Americans living with glaucoma, and an estimated half of them may not know that they have the disease.

Since the National Glaucoma Research (NGR) program began in 1978, BrightFocus has awarded more than $28.6 million to support research projects on the causes and potential prevention and treatment of this disease. NGR is currently supporting 31 biomedical research projects. 

NGR is currently supporting 31 research projects. They are grouped into the following categories: 

  • Preventing Nerve Cell Death
  • Targeting the Outflow Pathway
  • Discovering New Ways to Treat Glaucoma
  • Imaging and Exploring the Eye-Brain Connection
  • Genetic Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies

Standard Awards

The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

  • Award Amount: $150,000
  • Maximum Duration: 2 years

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • BrightFocus will fund grants for research at non-profit organizations or institutions only. 
    • Each Grantee Institution must submit evidence of its tax-exempt status to BrightFocus prior to the distribution of any Grant including but not limited to, a tax determination from the Internal Revenue Service.
    • For foreign institutions: Each Grantee Institution must submit evidence of its tax-exempt status to BrightFocus prior to the distribution of any Grant, including but not limited to, a determination of tax-exempt or nonprofit status from their home country of origin.
  • All Grants must be used exclusively for research and research equipment not for overhead, capital expenditures, administrative costs or other peripheral costs, except where BrightFocus, in its discretion, may make an exception for costs associated with the publication of the results of the BrightFocus sponsored research in academic journals, or for costs associated with participation in academic conferences.
  • The BrightFocus Grant may pay for all or a portion of the salary of the Principal Investigator provided the salary request is justified in the Grant application and is in accordance with rules specified in the application guidelines.

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