Foundation Fighting Blindness Accepting Applications for Inherited Retinal Disease Research Funding Awards

(Columbia, MD) – The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), the world’s leading private funder of research on preventions, treatments and cures for vision loss due to inherited retinal diseases is accepting applications for its next round of funding grants to be awarded May 2018.

An estimated $8 million in new grant funding is available. FFB is currently funding 75 research projects worldwide and across the spectrum of inherited retinal diseases and treatment technologies.

“Funding research and supporting researchers, particularly early in their careers, is central to FFB’s mission,” says Stephen Rose, FFB’s chief science officer.  “Our decades of investment in cutting edge research has helped pave the way for important advances in the field.  I encourage any researcher who has a research program they think can move the baton forward to consider applying for an FFB grant.” 

Funding is available within the following grant programs:

  • Individual Investigator Research Awards
  • Program Project Awards
  • Gund-Harrington Initiative for Fighting Blindness Awards
  • Within the Alan Laties Career Development Program:
    • Diana Davis Spencer Clinical Research Fellowship Awards
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-FFB Medical Fellows Awards
    • Career Development Awards

Letters of intent are due for the Individual Investigator Awards and the Program Project Awards by September 29.  A non-binding letter of intent for the Gund-Harrington Scholar Award is due by October 25.  Applications for the Diana Davis Spencer Clinical Research Awards are due by September 29; applications for the HHMI-FFB Medical Fellows Award are due by January 11; and applications for the Career Development Awards are due by March 1.

Award program details for all of the grants can be found on the FFB website at  To apply for funding go to:

Original Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017