Foundation Fighting Blindness: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Foundation Fighting Blindness funds a wide range of research that addresses retinal diseases.

IP TAKE: This funder remains one of the world’s leading private organizations in the retinal disease research field. It tends to fund research at larger academic and medical institutions.

PROFILE: Established in 1971 by “passionate group of families,” the Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB) supports efforts to “drive the research that would lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases.” FFB’s two-pronged approach to grantmaking consists of FFB SCIENCE Discovery and Innovation research grants, and FFB CLINICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE development grants.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s Discovery and Innovation grants provide “scientific and financial support for innovative research conducted by clinicians and scientists at both public and private institutions,” and “career development awards to attract the most promising physicians and scientists to the field.” Awards include the Diana Davis Spencer Clinical/Research Fellowship Award, Career Development Award, Ted and Elaine Welp Enhanced Career Development Award, Individual Investigator Research Award, Gund-Harrington Scholar Award, and Program Project Award. It supports research on a wide range of eye diseases, including achromatopsia, Best disease, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, choroideremia, Leber congenital amaurosis, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, and others.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical Research Institute (FFB-CRI) “[s]upports strategic partnerships with commercial entities to advance the development of emerging compounds.” If those studies are supported by research, the foundation helps to transform those treatments into viable commercial projects.

FFB grants typically range from around $50,000 to $200,000. To learn more about FFB grantees, explore its Funded Grants & Research list.

FFB accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Deadlines and guidelines may vary widely by program, so interested grantseekers should check FFBs website to stay abreast of current programs.

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