EyeFind Research Grants

Supporting procurement of human eye tissue for research

The EyeFind Research Grant Program provides supplemental funding of up to $5,000 per project to assist researchers with procurement of human eye tissue from eye banks for use in a well-conceived research project. The use of human tissue samples can be critical to effectively addressing a researcher's scientific questions, particularly those involving uniquely human ocular disease. These grants stand to benefit the entire eye and vision research community and grantees are expected to submit a final report of their findings at the conclusion of the grant.

Supported by the ARVO Foundation, the EyeFind Research Grant Program launched in January 2020. The first round of grants awards were announced in July 2020.

2022 application period open to May 31

View eligibility details and how to apply

2021 EyeFind Research Grant Recipients

Cycle 1

Frauke Coppieters, PhD
Ghent University
Eye bank: Biobank of the Antwerp University Hospital
Design of a novel therapy for autosomal dominant inherited retinal diseases

Steffi Daniel, PhD 
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Eye bank: Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research
Determination of fibulin-3 expression and localization in human ocular tissues

Martina Kropp, PhD
University of Geneva
Eye bank: Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank
iPS-derived RPE cell & human retina co-culture for toxicity and potency assays in intraocular medicine

Jun Liu, PhD
Ohio State University
Eye bank: Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio
Biomechanical correlations between cornea and optic nerve head

Wenlin Zhang, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Eye bank: Lions Gift of Sight
Quantitative super-resolution localization of SLC4A11 variants in human corneal endothelium in its native environment


Cycle 2

Luisa Holguin Colorado, PhD, OD
Queensland University of Technology
Eye bank: NSW Tissue Bank and Australian Ocular Biobank
Corneal epithelial dendritic cells: An association between in vivo corneal confocal microscopy and immunohistology

Eileen Hwang, MD, PhD
University of Utah Moran Eye Center
Eye bank: San Diego Eye Bank
Age-related differences in the vitreous collagen fiber network

Binapani Mahaling, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Eye bank: Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin
Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns in Diabetic Retinopathy

Heather Moss, MD, PhD
Stanford University
Eye bank: San Diego Eye Bank
Characterization of novel foveal pit pathology in multiple sclerosis

Karen Peynshaert, PhD
Ghent University
Eye bank: Biobank of the Antwerp University Hospital
ICG-mediated photoablation of the inner limiting membrane to enhance retinal delivery after intravitreal injection