• IRIS Registry Data Analysis

  • Hoskins Center IRIS Registry Research Fund

    Hoskins Grant researchers

    As an ophthalmologist you are a scientist – you’re inquisitive and observant and enjoy testing your hypotheses.

    Throughout your career you’ve had hunches and noticed suggestive patterns but didn’t have a practical way of following up on your perceptions.

    What if you had the opportunity to pursue your idea with funding and a supportive team of data scientists who have access to millions of patient data points?

    What question would you ask?

    The H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, Center for Quality Eye Care IRIS® Registry Research Fund supports Academy members in private practice who want to use the Academy IRIS Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) database to answer important clinical questions.

    The goal of the fund is to give Academy members the opportunity to harness big data.

    How it Works

    The Hoskins Center IRIS Registry Research Fund will fund four or more IRIS Registry analytics projects in 2020, with more opportunities expected in the future.

    Each award is $35,000.

    • $5,000 goes to the investigating member.
    • $30,000 goes to the Academy for expenses related to data access and analysis.

    Awardees will also be supported for travel to the Academy office in San Francisco. During this visit, awardees will learn about the IRIS Registry database, receive an introduction to big data analytics and work closely with Academy staff on the analysis.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for the grant, you must be:

    • A member of the Academy
    • In private practice
    • A participant in the IRIS Registry or working towards participation

    Application Process 

    Application Overview

    • What is the question or hypothesis you would like to investigate?
    • How do you think big data will help answer your question?
    • What is the clinical significance of your idea?
    • Why are you interested in big data?
    • Do you have experience with big data and/or research?
    • Do you have a specific timeline for analysis?
    • What is your availability for participating in analysis?
    • How does your idea support the Academy’s mission to protect sight and empower lives?
    • Do you know which IRIS Registry data elements you would like to use? (A list of options is available.)
    • Upload your CV or NIH-style biosketch

    How to Apply

    Evaluation Criteria

    • Significance: Does the proposal address an important problem or critical barrier to progress in the field?
    • Candidate: Does the member have high interest and adequate time to devote to the project?
    • Innovation: Is this a unique question for the IRIS Registry?
    • Approach: Is the proposal well thought out? Is the project feasible?


    • The IRIS Registry Analytics Committee will review applications and notify the selected award recipients during summer 2020.