Guidelines for Submission of Research Grant ProposalsEversight Eye and Vision Grants are reserved for partner institutions.
- Eversight Eye and Vision Research Program
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Eversight is a charitable, not-for‐profit organization whose mission is to preserve and restore of sight. This is accomplished in part via the recovery, evaluation and distribution of human eye tissue for transplantation, education and research. Eversight has established an Eye and Vision Research Grant Program to enhance its mission by providing support for promising projects concerned with vision research and eye banking practices.
Eversight is pleased to invite proposals from academic, clinical and health services investigators from partner institutions for funding promising research projects concerned with vision problems with special emphasis on projects utilizing human ocular tissue or research related to corneal surgery, corneal disease, and eye banking (including clinical and business practices). Projects relying solely on animal models will be considered only when their aims are directly related to investigating corneal diseases, surgery, or eye banking. Funding is provided as seed money to develop promising ideas for research, collect initial data, pilot projects and/or carry out preliminary laboratory work that could facilitate the submission of full-fledged applications for more extensive support from private or governmental agencies. The Eye and Vision Research grant is intended for faculty only.
Available funds will be allocated to proposals showing the greatest potential for advancing scientific knowledge regarding the causes and treatment of visual disorders, blindness, and eye banking. The number of grants to be awarded is subject to availability of discretionary funds.
Awarded applicants are required to submit a final report to summarize the basic findings from their work as well as reports of any publications or presentations at professional meetings that are related to the topic of the funded research. All publications resulting from this research must acknowledge Eversight for its financial support with the proper disclaimer.
Finally, principal investigators of funded projects that result in a successful commercial enterprise will be encouraged to make a financial contribution to Eversight equal to or greater than the amount awarded to them through this Research Program.
Research Grant Proposal Parameters
- Typical budgets should not exceed $15,000, except for highly meritorious projects that are given exceptionally high scores by the Research Review Committee and who offer special justification for exceeding this limit. No budget will be approved beyond $25,000.
- These research grants are intended to support the work of young investigators or new research directions for more established researchers, but are not meant to augment support for research that is already funded.
- Funding will be for a period of one (1) year but, in certain exceptional cases, grants may be renewed for a second year. This requires submission of a competitive renewal proposal. A summary of project progress and initial findings must be included in such a proposal, together with an explicit justification for additional funding.
- Approved budgets for individual projects will not include indirect or overhead charges, training costs and travel expenses. However, investigators can request approval for funding travel to professional meetings to present findings from the funded project.
- Applicants will be required to submit a detailed total budget for the proposed project, specifying amounts requested from the Eversight and amounts available from all other sources.
- No more than 10% of the total grant may be allocated to fund salary costs for principal investigators.
- If funding for acquisition of equipment is requested, its application to the research objective must be clearly explained.
- Acknowledgment of Eversight’s support must be included in all publications and presentations of research results together with the appropriate disclaimer.
- Applicants will be required to provide a brief description of long term plans for further research on the proposed topic or area of investigation, explain how this will be pursued; and pledge to submit to Eversight timely reports on publications, presentations, and any further funding from other sources. Failure to meet these promises could jeopardize future funding in the academic departments or units associated with the investigators.
- Researchers must agree to provide Eversight with a publishable summary report or abstract of the methodology and main findings of the project, presented in layman’s terms, at the conclusion of the 12‐month grant cycle. This may be used by the Eversight to stimulate public interest in and support for the Eversight Center for Eye and Vision Research.
All research proposals that meet the eligibility requirements for the Vision Research Program will be reviewed and evaluated by the Eversight Research Review Committee. The Committee is an independent, volunteer panel of distinguished scientists, ophthalmologists and health services researchers. They will assess the scientific merit and the extent to which each proposal meets with the explicit objectives of the Eversight Vision Research Program.
Specific merit criteria include:
- The scientific and/or clinical merit of the proposed project, and its potential for attracting support from other sources.
- The extent to which the proposed research meets the explicit purposes of this research program.
- The appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed methodology, including the choice of research design, subject selection, data collection methods, and analytic design.
- The qualifications of the investigator(s) and relevant experience.
- The adequacy of the available facilities to carry out the proposed research.
- The justification(s) for the proposed budget.
- Appropriate approvals from Institutional Review Boards (IRB) for human or animal use. Application for IRB approval is accepted at the time of submission. However, funds will not be disbursed until documentation of IRB approval is obtained.
After all proposal submissions have been reviewed, the Research Review Committee presents its recommendations in the form of a ranking of meritorious projects to the Eversight Board of Directors. The Board serves the final authority for approving the funding for approved proposals.
Applications can be filled out, saved, completed and emailed using Word. Only applications completed in Word and within this application's parameters will be accepted. ONE additional page of informational figures or key illustrations can be included.
Scientific Research Award Application, submitted electronically via e‐mail to the Eversight Grants mailbox, email@example.com.
Biographical Sketch (NIH type) for the Principal Investigator and Co‐Principal Investigator(s), submitted electronically via E‐mail together with the Scientific Research Application.
Research Grant Application Acknowledgement Form, signed by the Principal Investigator and Department Chair and mailed via regular mail to:
Eversight ATTN: Eye and Vision Research Program, 4889 Venture Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Consult the Research Grant Awards Calendar for submission deadlines.
Images and scanned documents should be included as e‐mail attachments, and all file names should carry sufficient information to link the files to the appropriate proposal or request.
Announcements of Receipt, Funding Awards and Denials
Eversight will send an e‐mail acknowledging receipt of each proposal received. If an e‐mail acknowledgement is not received within seven (7) business days of submission, applicants are urged to contact Eversight at (216) 706-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters announcing research grant awards and denials are mailed out in accordance with the annual Research Grant Awards Calendar. Please consult the Calendar for this year’s announcement date. If an announcement letter related to a confirmed research proposal submission is not received within seven (7) days of the listed mailing date, applicants are asked to contact Eversight at (216) 706-4233 or email@example.com.
Researchers needing additional information regarding the process of submitting research grant proposals, including technical questions about the application form and related attachments, should contact Dr. Gregory H Grossman – (216) 706-4233. Questions may also be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.