Pilot Study Grants

Funding Agency:
Retina Research Foundation

The aim of the RRF pilot study grants is to allow investigators to perform retina research that will result in preliminary data and will allow successful submission for NIH or other major funding. The RRF pilot grants are awarded annually.  If satisfactory progress on annual review is noted, grants may be renewed up to three times (for 3 years). RRF pilot grant awards are typically $25,000 – $50,000. The number and size of the grant awards varies depending on the RRF’s income from donations and investments.

All grant applications are due by Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants who hold a medical degree (MD) or a doctorate (PhD);
  2. Applicants who have a long term (at least 3 years) commitment to a project;
  3. Applicants who will conduct research in the United States at a university, medical school or eye institute; applications from for-profit centers or industry-sponsored research centers will not be considered;
  4. Applicants who are U. S. citizens or green card/permanent U. S. residents.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 24, 2023