Macular Disease Foundation Australia is calling for applications from Australian researchers to conduct research into macular degeneration, Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss.
Total grant funding of $1.3 million is available across multiple grants to conduct research aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of this chronic disease.
"Research is a journey of discovery, with the ultimate destination being a place where we can save sight. Along the way we will learn a great deal that can yield major benefit,” said Julie Heraghty Chief Executive Officer Macular Disease Foundation Australia.
Since the inception of the Research Grant Program in 2011, Macular Disease Foundation Australia has awarded over $1.5 million to eminent Australian researchers. In this round, the Foundation will offer $1.3 million.
“Included in this round, we are pleased to announce the inaugural Blackmores Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant of up to $600,000 over 3 years which will focus on the nutrition and/or lifestyle aspects of macular degeneration,” said Ms Heraghty.
Blackmores Managing Director Australia and New Zealand David Fenlon said, “We have had a long standing relationship with the Foundation and we welcome the opportunity to fund research into the prevention of macular degeneration through the important areas of nutrition and lifestyle.”
“Over 1.15 million Australians show some evidence of macular degenerationi,” said Ms Heraghty. “Given that this number will rise to 1.7 million by 2030 in the absence of treatment and prevention measures, it is vitally important that we continue to invest in research to save the sight of older Australians and maximise the independence and quality of life of those living with the disease. We thank our donors to the Foundation’s Research Grants Program and Blackmores for supporting the Foundation’s commitment to research into macular degeneration.”
Applications for the third round of grants are now open. Applications close 1 June 2015. The successful applicants will be announced on World Sight Day, 8 October 2015.
Instructions and application forms are available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia website.
Grants available in 2015 (for research commencing in 2016):
Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant (up to $700,000 over 3 years) This grant/s is open to a range of research areas such as bio-medical, low vision, nutrition or related to practices and protocols in treatment.
Blackmores Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant (up to $600,000 over 3 years) In partnership, Blackmores and Macular Disease Foundation Australia are pleased to introduce a new grant/s to encourage and enhance research into the nutrition and/or lifestyle aspects of macular degeneration.
For more information on applying for grants, click here.
7 April 2015