Department of Defense funding for vision research
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Vision Trauma Research Program (VTRP) posted on the Grants.gov Web site its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Program Announcements for up to $14.5 million in funding through two mechanisms:
- Translational Research Award, funded for a period of up to three years. This mechanism expects to fund 12 awards, for a total of $12 million. The maximum for any award is $1 million, with $5 million of the total reserved for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) visual dysfunction-related research projects.
- Hypothesis Development Award, funded for a period of two years with a maximum cost of $250,000 each. DOD expects to fund about 10 awards, totaling about $2.5 million. Of that amount, $1.5 million must be reserved for TBI-related projects.
The deadline for pre-proposal submissions for both awards is November 25, 2013. Each mechanism specifies the DOD-identified research gaps for which research should be proposed and states that proposals outside the focus areas should not be submitted. Domestic and international researchers can apply for funding.
Meetings about Translational Eye Research
The Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) is a twice yearly meeting designed to advance ophthalmic innovation by uniting the leading investors, physicians, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives in the ophthalmology space.
The Vision Innovation and Venture Forum at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting brings together scientists, venture capitalists, pharmaceutical and medical device representatives to discuss cutting-edge research in ophthalmology.
The Application of Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging Incubator Meeting was held on November 6-8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The meeting brought together leading researchers, engineers, and clinicians from academia, industry, and government to chart the course forward for adaptive optics (AO) retinal imaging systems from the perspective of clinical research, intervention monitoring, diagnosis, and clinical management.