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New grants available for glaucoma research

03/07/2019By Callum Glennen
Glaucoma Australia (GA) is now accepting applications for its newly launched Glaucoma Research Grants Program. The organisation is seeking applications for research projects that support the organisation’s mission of eliminating glaucoma blindness.

GA has committed to providing $200,000 in the initial round, and individual projects could receive between $50,000 and $100,000 per annum for projects up to three years in duration.

“Glaucoma Australia research grants have made significant contributions to Australian medical and social research into glaucoma,” Ms Annie Gibbins, Glaucoma Australia CEO, said.

Annie Gibbins
Annie Gibbins
“We now seek to expand the fund substantially to meet the goals and wishes of our members and create a more positive future for persons with glaucoma”
Annie Gibbins, GA

“We are now very proud to be launching our new Research Grants Program which will continue to fund research that supports our mission to eliminate glaucoma blindness.”

The funding for the new program will come from GA’s William A Quinlivan Research Fund. Originally established in 2006, the fund is geared towards both funding glaucoma research and providing scholarships for specialists studying glaucoma.

GA states that the fund now has over $1.8 million in assets, and since the organisation’s inception it has supplied over $930,000 to support projects.

“Over the years the William A Quinlivan Research Fund has supported over 30 productive research projects and provided more than a dozen scholarships for researchers. We now seek to expand the fund substantially to meet the goals and wishes of our members and create a more positive future for persons with glaucoma,” Gibbins said.

GA research committee chair Dr Simon Skalicky also welcomed the new program.

“Glaucoma Australia is committed to funding and supporting high quality glaucoma research in Australia. The broad aims of research we support are to improve the lives of people with glaucoma through better glaucoma detection and treatment.

“We are excited to facilitate the innovative research of academics who drive progress in glaucoma management,” Skalicky said.

According to the criteria listed on the GA website the organisation prefers Australian teams, applied research and long-term projects with regular updates, as well as a desire to work with the organisation’s partners.

Applications close 1 September 2019, with the successful recipients being announced on World Sight Day, 10 October.


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