FY2018 Focus Areas
The key focus areas for FY2018 are:
Research on visual fatigue associated with use of digital devices; including characterization of ocular signs and symptoms, root cause, triggers, and individual susceptibility
- Strategies to improve ocular surface and contact lens comfort; emphasis on:
- approaches / mechanisms for controlled delivery
- novel devices
- non-pharmaceutical therapies
Technologies to expand the functionality of contact lenses for application beyond conventional vision correction
Research proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages. For this purpose, two types of awards are offered:
CooperVision Seedling Award
The CooperVision Seedling Award is intended to incentivize collaborations with CooperVision in a new research area for a one year period. The maximum total cash amount for a CooperVision seedling is $100,000.
CooperVision Translational Research Award
The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project with funding over two years, totaling up to $400,000.
Any researcher with Principal Investigator (PI) status holding a MD, OD, or PhD is eligible to apply. Applicants, such as postdoctoral fellows, with a waiver of PI status must submit appropriate documentation before funding can be received.
Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI)
Applicants must submit a LOI before May 26, 2017. If the LOI is accepted, applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal.
Upon approval of the LOI, applicants may submit a full proposal. The complete proposal must be submitted by the deadline August 25, 2017.
Please contact STAward@coopervision.com with questions.