Grant Application and Information

The Glaucoma Foundation offers grants to researchers striving to improve the lives of glaucoma patients through novel innovations and scientific advances. The areas of current focus for TGF’s Grant Research program are exfoliation syndrome, exfoliation glaucoma and intraocular pressure-independent mechanisms of optic nerve degeneration in glaucoma. Examples of research that may be considered range from basic science to clinical interventions, such as genetics and genomic medicine, disease modeling, assessment of ocular perfusion, artificial intelligence, and clinical research. The deadline for grant applications is March 5, 2021.  A priority will be given to novel proposals with a viable study hypothesis that can lead to impactful results that are fundable at the NIH level. Initial grant funding for a one-year period is for up to $60,000; a grantee is permitted to apply for a grant renewal of up to $60,000. A renewal grant is a one year grant based upon research findings from the initial research.

March 2021 Grant Application

Application Instructions

A.    Please read through the application carefully and include all the required information. There are five parts to this application:

  1. A Summary and Information Sheet
  2. A Supplemental Information Section
  3. A Budget Form and Other Funding Portion
  4. A Project Description
  5. A Biographical Sketch.

Please make sure each section is complete.

B.  Submit a PDF of your application to by Friday, March 5, 2021. The email should be titled “TGF Grant Application” with the PDF application attached to the email.

C. Submit one original and three copies of the completed application and the related appendices. The hard copy applications must be in our office by Monday, March 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EST. 

D. Mail/Email applications to:

Andrea Steele
Director of Operations
The Glaucoma Foundation
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700
New York, NY 10038

For technical questions, please contact:

Robert Ritch, MD
Medical Director, Vice President, Secretary and Founder, TGF
Professor and Chief, Glaucoma Service
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Grants will be awarded in spring 2021.

Terms and Restrictions

A.   Grants are awarded for a one-year period and are renewable.

B.  Applicants must clearly demonstrate the Principal Investigator’s understanding of glaucoma or his/her collaboration with an investigator who has experience in glaucoma research. If collaboration is warranted, a letter of support from the researcher must be included in the application.

C.   Applicants must have a full time faculty position or equivalent.

D.   Initial grant funding for a one-year period is limited to a maximum of $60,000. The Principal Investigator may apply for a renewal for up to $60,000. Renewal grants are for an additional year of research and must be based upon findings from the first year’s work.

E.  The Glaucoma Foundation does not provide funds for investigator salaries, travel, overhead, or other indirect costs.  However, technician salaries are eligible.

F.  No page limit is prescribed. It is left to the applicant to determine the amount of pages necessary to make the proposal convincing without being excessive. Minimum font size is 11-point font.

G.  Excluding renewal grants, Principal Investigators are required to wait a minimum of two years from the funded cycle before submitting a new research application for consideration.

H.  Renewal grant applications are accepted after 18 months have elapsed from the beginning of an original grant award.