Macular Degeneration Research Grants

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


The goal of the program is to accelerate advances in fundamental and translational research in age-related macular degeneration, to understand the mechanisms underlying the etiology and pathogenesis of macular degeneration and to develop innovative approaches to better diagnose, prevent or delay the progress of the disease. Preference is made for exciting pilot projects that would not, at their present stage, be competitive for large government or industry awards. Typically these awards are made to early stage investigators, or to more established investigators who are proposing particularly innovative research. Additionally, Postdoctoral Fellows may be listed as Co-Principal Investigator.


  • Letter of Intent FY20:  Due July 3, 2019
  • Full applications FY20 (by invitation only): Due October 10, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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



Amount Description

Amount: $100,000 per year

Duration: 2 years maximum (total value $200,000)

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 3, 2019