Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation Awards Program in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research

Funding Agency:
Medical Foundation, a Division of Health Resources in Action

The Edward N. & Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation was created in 2002 to advance the health of older adults through the support of direct service projects and medical research on diseases and disorders affecting older adults. In keeping with the Foundation’s mission, the goal of the Awards Program is to support translational research that will lead to improved therapies for individuals suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Successful research proposals will extend recent basic research findings regarding the underlying mechanisms of AMD. Examples of funding areas include, but are not limited to, genetically engineered animal models, the discovery and testing of small molecule therapies directed at promising targets including immune-, inflammation-, or lipid-related pathways associated with AMD, local drug delivery systems, and neuroprotective strategies. Basic research and clinical trials are outside the scope of this Program. However, clinical studies that involve the evaluation of new imaging modalities with no potential risks to human subjects are eligible.

Deadline for Initial Proposals: July 7, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

1. The administrative lead applicant must hold a faculty appointment at a non-profit academic, medical, or research institution in the United States.

2. PIs must be independent investigators with demonstrated institutional support and specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research.

3. Applicants and key personnel may not have funding for a similar project.

4. Individuals who are current Thome Foundation Awards Program in Age-Related Macular Degeneration or Alzheimer’s Disease Research awardees at the time of Initial Proposal deadline are not eligible to apply for the 2023 grant cycle.

5. Each PI may only submit one application.  

6. Institutional nomination is NOT required

7. United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required. 



Amount Description

Up to five $500,000 two-year grants ($250,000 per year) will be made to independent investigators working in non-profit academic, medical or research institutions within the United States. Awards do not cover indirect costs. 

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 7, 2022