Grant Application

Hope for Vision Grant Guidelines

Hope for Vision supports research aimed at developing treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

Grants are awarded annually, generally for a period of one-year.  Awards range from $25,000 to $50,000, and the grant amount is based on the current or potential value of the research to the field of retinal degeneration. Please email a one page or less summary statement that expresses the goals and objectives of your proposal.

Application Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for a Hope for Vision grant, a researcher must:

  • Hold a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), or other equivalent degree relevant to their research (D.V.M., etc.)
  • Be a member of a research team at an accredited medical, educational, or research institution

Application and review process

Please provide the following

  • Hope for Vision grant application (form provided)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Lay Abstract (form provided)

All materials should be emailed to: [email protected] We can not accept applications received by postal mail. 

Once your materials are received, they will be reviewed by Hope for Vision’s Board of Visionary Scientists.  Final selection of awardees is determined through a joint effort by the Board of Visionary Scientists and the Board of Directors.

Award restrictions and reporting requirements


  • Funds must be employed by the award recipient’s laboratory in conjunction with retinal degenerative disease research.
  • Funds cannot be subjected to any fee by the hosting university or organization.  This limitation includes, but is not limited to, overhead fees, administrative charges, and general operating expenses.
  • Funds must be provided to the recipient in addition to, and not as a substitute to, monies otherwise allocated, or plan to be allocated, by the University, or affiliated entities.

Grantees are required to provide the following

Lay Abstract

Within 3 weeks of receipt of award, grantee is required to provide Hope for Vision with a brief abstract in layman’s terms of the work to be accomplished with HFV funds for the Hope for Vision website.  The abstract submitted with the application may be used.

Progress updates for the HFV Website

Hope for Vision will has establish a dedicated page on the website for all grantees to share their progress and perspectives.  Grantees are encouraged to provide this information quarterly or as often as possible.  If you wish to share any information, please email [email protected]

Annual report

A summary of the progress of the research and accomplishments during the period of the HFV grant including: the specific aims of the research and what progress has been made toward achieving them.  We will provide the form for you to fill out.  The report is due within 30 days of the end of the grant period.

Making research publications freely available to the public

All researchers who receive a Hope for Vision grant will be required to deposit any resulting peer-reviewed research papers in the PubMed Central online archive, which will make the articles available to the public within 12 months of journal publication.