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FY2017 Focus Areas

The key focus areas for FY2017 are:

  • Strategies to improve contact lens comfort; emphasis on devices and non-pharmaceutical approaches with novel modes of action (ocular or non-ocular) to retain, manage or enhance moisture at the ocular and/or lens surface;

  • Insights into the retinal response from optical defocus; and

  • Technologies to expand the functionality of contact lenses as a wearable device for application beyond conventional vision correction.

Award Types

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.

Applicant Eligibility

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.

To Apply

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants must submit a LOI before May 30, 2016.  If the LOI is accepted, applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal.

Proposal Submission
Upon approval of the LOI, applicants may submit a full proposal. The complete proposal must be submitted by the deadline August 29, 2016.

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