Call for Scholars: Gund-Harrington National Initiative for Fighting Blindness

September 13, 2016

Cleveland – The National Center for Excellence in Fighting Blindness, a Gund-Harrington Initiative, has opened its third annual Gund-Harrington Scholar Award competition to support innovative research efforts that seek to prevent, treat or cure blindness.

The Gund-Harrington Initiative is a collaboration between Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development.

Applicants Receive:

  • Funding totaling up to $900,000 over three years based on progress made toward milestones
  • Committed drug development and project management support through Harrington Discovery Institute’s Innovation Support Center for the duration of the three-year term

Research Without Walls:

“This is a remarkable grant and drug discovery opportunity for physician-scientists and PhD researchers in the U.S. and Canada,” said Jonathan Stamler, MD, President, Harrington Discovery Institute and the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “The Gund-Harrington Initiative for Fighting Blindness is a perfect illustration of how the Harrington Discovery Institute promotes research without walls in our quest to advance discoveries to the benefit of patients.”

“The collaboration with Harrington Discovery Institute provides FFB-funded researchers invaluable knowledge and guidance to advance potential therapies into clinical trials,” said Dr. Stephen Rose, FFB’s Chief Research Officer.

“Ultimately, this accelerates the development of cutting-edge therapies, and improves the chances of getting sight-saving treatments out to the people who need them. What makes the Gund-Harrington Initiative unique is its broad reach across research disciplines while also maintaining a focus on retinal degenerative diseases.”

Multidisciplinary discovery with potential application to the eye is being sought, as are investigators studying fundamental processes with multidisciplinary applications.

Please note the following dates:

  • Letters of Intent are accepted through October 14, 2016.
  • Full applications (for those invited) are due January 13, 2017.
  • Awards will be announced in April 2017.

For more information or to apply, please visit