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 area of current focus for TGF’s Grant Research program is exfoliation syndrome and exfoliation glaucoma. The next deadline for grant applications is March 6, 2020. 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 2020 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.   Mail one original and three hard copies of the completed application and related appendices. The hard copy applications must be in our office by Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.

C.   Submit a PDF of your application to by Friday, March 6, 2020.

D.   For general application questions and 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
310 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003

Grants will be awarded in summer 2020.

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.