Grants Program

Funding Agency:
Research to Prevent Blindness

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) provides grants to high-performing U.S.-based departments of ophthalmology and to their high-potential investigators. 

RPB accepts grant applications twice a year, January and July. Application forms must be requested by the chair of the department of ophthalmology or the department's grant coordinator. Departments of ophthalmology must have an RPB Unrestricted/Challenge (U/C) Grant in order to apply for individual grants, and only permanent, full-time department chairs are eligible to apply for any RPB grants. Chairs may nominate only one candidate per grant category per cycle.

Nomination forms are required for all individual awards.  For the January 10 deadline, nomination forms are due no later than December 15 (or December 22 for the Low Vision Research Award); for the July 1 deadline, nomination forms are due no later than June 15.  

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Grants for Individuals

RPB Career Development Awards

RPB Walt and Lilly Disney Awards for Amblyopia Research

RPB International Research Collaborators Awards

RPB/LCIF Low Vision Research Awards

RPB Medical Student Eye Research Fellowships

RPB Physician-Scientist Awards

RPB Special Scholar Awards

RPB Stein Innovation Awards

Institutional Grants

RPB Unrestricted Grants

RPB Challenge Grants

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

June 15, 2024