• Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research

    Research to Prevent Blindness is funding four IRIS Registry research grants this year in a program cosponsored by the Academy. Earlier this year, RPB and the Academy announced four studies that were selected for the first round of IRIS Registry Research awards.

    The grants will support use of the database and its analytic capabilities to further population-based research in ophthalmology and blindness prevention.

    How it Works 

    • Research to Prevent Blindness will fund four studies. Each grant is worth $35,000, with the selected investigators receiving $10,000 each for their institution for direct research funds.
    • Grant recipients will visit the Academy office in San Francisco to learn about IRIS Registry data.
    • Based on the study design, IRIS Registry staff will provide a subset of data for the grant recipient’s analysis.

    Eligibility Requirements 

    • Applicants should be employed by a research institution and must have relevant analytics experience (statistical background, experience with big-data analytics, knowledge of SAS or other statistical program).
    • The research question should be clinically significant and align with the Academy’s mission to protect sight and empower lives.

    Application Process 

    Requirements

    • Summary of investigator’s relevant experience (statistical background, experience with big data analytics, knowledge of SAS or other statistical program)
    • Research question / hypothesis
    • Specific aims, background / rationale, and clinical significance
    • Alignment with Academy’s mission: protect sight and empower lives
    • IRIS Registry data elements and time period needed for analysis

    How to apply

    Apply for a grant online.

    The application period will close on Jan. 31, 2019.

    Evaluation criteria

    • Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field?
    • Investigator: Is the candidate well suited to the project and does the candidate have appropriate experience and training?
    • Innovation: Is this a unique research question for the IRIS Registry?
    • Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology and analyses well-reasoned, and is the project feasible?
    • Environment: Are the institutional support and other resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed?

    Timeline 

    The IRIS Registry Analytics Committee will review applications and select a slate of potential nominees for Research to Prevent Blindness to review and approve. Selected investigators will be notified in July 2019 and studies to begin shortly thereafter.