Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in being nominated, submit a proposal, please complete the nomination form and return to George Toutloff ( by November 15, 2022.

Other important deadlines (assumes no subcontracts):

  • November 15, 2022: Intent to Submit
  • December 22, 2022: Department Deadline (all final documents submitted to Research Administrator)
  • January 2, 2022: ORA Deadline
  • January 10, 2022: Sponsor Deadline

Available Opportunities:

  • Career Development Award
  • Disney Award for Amblyopia Research  (open to researchers from any US institution of higher education)
  • International Research Collaborators Award  (open to researchers from any US institution of higher education)
  • Low Vision Research Award  (open to researchers from any US institution of higher education)
  • Stein Innovation Award  (open to researchers from any US institution of higher education whose primary appointment is in an ophthalmology department

Senior ARI Grants

Eligibility and Guidelines: Open to all members of the vision science community who are actively involved in independent research efforts (e.g. academics, engineers, clinician scientists, etc.). The Title/Rank/Level of the individual applying for a Sr. ARI Grant should be at least Associate Professor or Equivalent.

Maximum Grant: $250,000 (total, all years)

Project Period: 1-3 years

Sponsor Due Date: February 15, 2023


ARI Young Investigator

Grants Eligibility and Guidelines: Intended to encourage, and promote the early independent career development of clinicians and scientists in vision research and ophthalmology. Limited Submission, only 2 per institution (contact Research Admin as soon as possible to express interest)

  • Applicants must be devoting at least 50% of their time toward research.
  • Grant date can be no more than eight years post training
  • No requirements based on Rank/Level/Title but Applicants must not yet have attained R-level grant status or equivalent. Candidate must be appointed or nominated to the assistant professor level (either research or tenure track). Associate professors are allowed, provided they are 8 years or less.

Maximum Grant: $75,000

Project Period: 1 year

Sponsor Due Date: February 15, 2023

More Information

Fight for Sight offers numerous funding opportunities. Please see their website for details.

Sponsor Due Dates:

  • Applications for the Post-Doctoral and Grants-in-Aid award are due November 15th
  • Applications for the FFS-Lirot award are due December 31st
  • Applications for the Summer Student award are due February 15th

The IRRF Postdoctoral Scholar Awards were established to provide salary and research support in the amount of $35,000 per year for a postdoctoral scholar nearing the end of his/her training. By the end of this support, IRRF Scholars are expected to have gained the expertise necessary to engage in productive eye research so that they will be self-sufficient and independent in their own laboratory. It is anticipated that suitable applicants will be identified by established vision scientists.

Three awards are given:

The Alston Callahan, MD Scholar Award

The Charles D. Kelman, MD Scholar Award

The Loris and David Rich Scholar Award



  • Applicants must have earned a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree.
  • At time of application, no more than 3 years of postdoctoral training will be accepted.
  • Applicants must be involved in scientific research on the diseases of the macula or peripheral retina that will accelerate the discovery of the causes, treatment, and cure of macular diseases.
  • For applicants with an M.D. degree, postdoctoral training excludes clinically oriented programs where patient billing by fellows is a component of the research

Maximum Grant: $35,000

Project Period: 1 year

Sponsor Due Date: March 15, 2023

Research Addressing Eye and Vision Health Equity/Health Disparities

  • The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to highlight interest in supporting research that aims to promote health equity in the prevention, treatment, and management of eye and vision conditions.
  • Applications that target reduction of health disparities experienced by people who are visually impaired or blind are encouraged, as well as applications that investigate the impact of bias, structural racism, and discrimination in causing or sustaining eye or vision health inequities. 
  • Expires: January 25, 2025


NEI Anterior Segment Initiative (ASI): Identification and Development of New Biomarkers and Effective methods to Diagnose Dry Eye Disease

  • The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to inform potential applicants of the special interest of the NEI in research to identify new biomarkers and develop effective methods that can be used for the early diagnosis of dry eye disease (DED) and its subtypes, prognosis of disease progression, and monitoring of treatment response.
  • Expires: May 8, 2023


Advancing NEI AGI Research on newly Identified Factors Into Models of Visual System Regeneration

  • The National Eye Institute (NEI) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage novel research that incorporates newly identified factors into new or existing models of visual system regeneration.
  • These factors were identified by a consortium of research teams as part of the Audacious Goal Initiative (AGI) and are being shared broadly with the research community. Applicants beyond the original consortium are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Expires: October 16, 2024

Duke MEDx-BME Medical Device Design Request for Proposals  

[Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only] 

Funding Agency: Duke University 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Project ‘sponsors’ will be notified that their ideas have been accepted at least two weeks before the start of either the Fall or Spring semester. 

Duke MEDx Pratt School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering is soliciting innovative medical device ideas from Duke University Medical Center Clinicians (physicians, nurses, or others working in a clinical setting). If selected, a team of four Duke engineering undergraduate students will work to design the project for their senior Capstone design experience. Particularly promising projects will continue into the summer program and receive dedicated attention for 10 weeks from 2 summer fellows.   


Duke Research Funding website