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Call for Applicants: Foundation Fighting Blindness Operating Grants and New Investigator Competition


Forwarded on behalf of the Grants Coordinators, Office of Research Services. Please forward to interested faculty and/or students within your unit and post.

To interested researchers, please note:

  1. Office of Research Services internal deadlines for Comprehensive Review for these competitions are: noon, 10 working days before the sponsor deadlines.
  2. Office of Research Services internal deadlines for Institutional Review for these competitions iare: noon, 3 working days before the sponsor deadlines.
  3. When submitting an application for Institutional Review, be sure to include the appropriate Approval Form from your Department/Faculty with the application.
  4. Please notify a Grants Coordinator at the Office of Research Services of your intent to apply to the upcoming competition(s).

Contact for Faculty of Medicine, Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, HKR, and Grenfell Campus is Vicki Gill,, 709-864-3045.
Contact for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, and Marine Institute is Karen Follett,, 709-864-8252.
Contact for Faculty of Science, Business Administration, Education, School of Music, and the Labrador Institute is Tasha Harrold, , 709-864-4745.

Further details on processes for institutional review and approval are available at


Foundation Fighting Blindness Grant Competition 2013-2014

Dear Scientist or Research Administrator:

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada awards grants annually supporting research into retinal function and diseases. The Foundation support research into the origin, detection, prevention, treatment and cure of retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related blinding retinal degenerative diseases. This year, two types of applications are possible:

  • Operating Grant Award Applications
  • New Investigator Award Applications

Please note, no graduate or post-doctoral fellowship award competition is being offered in the 2013/2014 funding year.

Operating Grant Applications

Operating grants support specific research projects conducted by scientists appointed at Canadian research institutes, universities and hospitals. To be eligible to make a full proposal to this competition, research teams are first asked to submit a Letter of Intent describing their intended program of research and its suitability for FFB funding. Details of this grant program as well as forms and instructions for completing this Letter of Intent process are now available on our website at

The Letter of Intent deadline for this year’s operating grant competition is November 15, 2013. Please note: the LOI for the operating grant does not require review and sign-off by the Office of Research Services (ORS), Memorial University, however ORS requests that researchers forward a copy of the completed LOI to their office upon submission to the sponsor. Researchers should consult with individual units for unit requirements regarding submitting an LOI for this opportunity.

New Investigator Award Applications

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is now inviting applications for the Foundation Fighting Blindness New Investigator Award. This award provides salary support to a newly appointed scientist at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution as she/he establishes an independent research career in areas relevant to the understanding and treatment of retinal degenerative diseases. To be eligible for this award, the candidate must be within the first five years of their first academic appointment at the host institution and within ten years of having completed their doctoral degree.

This New Investigator Award provides salary support of $40,000 a year for two years. This award has been made possible thanks to generous donations from the Rx&D Health Research Foundation, Dr. W.K. Stell, and the attendees at Comic Vision 2013. During this funded period, the host institution must agree to free the applicant from the full-time teaching or clinical service that might normally be required in order to allow the New Investigator in order to conceive and establish an original, independent research program focused on retinal degenerative disease consistent with the mission and of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Terms for this award and details of the application process are now available on our web site at

The application deadline for the Foundation Fighting Blindness New Investigator Award is January 31, 2014.

This year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness will disseminate $2 million dollars in support of Canadian vision research. This funding is enabling the work of exemplary scientists, who are making dramatic progress in the fight against blindness. For more information about the Foundation Fighting Blindness, please visit us at

See the current recipients of Foundation Fighting Blindness grants at

The Foundation Fighting Blindness 1.800.461.3331
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