Macular Degeneration Research Grants

Funding Agency:
BrightFocus Foundation (formerly American Health Assistance Foundation)

BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration.


  • Letter of Intent:  July 29, 2020
  • Full applications (by invitation only): Due December 3, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

This fellowship program is intended to support young postdoctoral researchers during their final stages of mentored training. The award provides salary support for a young scientist to conduct postdoctoral studies in an established laboratory focused on research contributing to understanding the biological causes and/or new clinical treatment of macular degeneration and should also serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career. 

New Investigator Grant Program

This research grant is intended to support investigators during their early years as an independent investigator involved in studies that have an impact on the causes and/or treatment of macular degeneration.

Innovative Research Grants

This program is intended to provide support for high-risk/high-gain age-related macular degeneration research. We hope to attract established investigators to apply for this support, but the aims of the application must contain outside-the-box ideas that are novel in the field. Applicants who are experts in another field are encouraged to apply their talents to proposing innovative research in the macular degeneration field.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is limited to non-profit institutions, or government research facilities.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 29, 2020