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

    Research to Prevent Blindness has committed funding for six IRIS® Registry research grants over a two-year period. 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 six studies over two years at $10,000 each. Research to Prevent Blindness will choose three applicants in the first round of applications. A second round for applications will launch in 2018.
    • 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 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 

    Application 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 dates of service needed for analysis

    How to apply:

    The application period closed on Jan. 31, 2018.

    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?


    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 2018 and studies to begin shortly thereafter.