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.

2024 application period (Cycle 1) closed May 31

View eligibility details and how to apply

2023 EyeFind Research Grant Recipients


Cycle 2

Ananya Datta, BOPTM, MPhil, PhD, FAAO
New England College of Optometry
Unlocking the Secrets of Diabetic Eyes: A Revolutionary Study of Substance P Receptors in Conjunctival Goblet Cells
Eye bank: Eversight Eye Bank

Martina Christina Herwig-Carl, MD
University Hospital Bonn
Histopathological evaluation of the central and peripheral retina and its correlation with SD-OCT images in geographic atrophy
Eye bank: Advancing Sight Network

John Hetling, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Device-Based Therapeutic Hypothermia for Human Eyes
Eye bank: VisionFirst Indiana Lions Eye Bank

Matias Soifer, MD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Identification of Corneal Immune Cells Visualized By In Vivo Confocal Microscopy Via Immunohistochemistry
Eye bank: Florida Lions Eye Bank

Asmaa Zidan, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear 
The Impact of Oxygen Supplementation on Corneal Endothelial Cells Morphology and Function
Eye bank: Lions Eye Bank of the Northeast


Cycle 1

Nicole Carnt, BOptom, PhD
Centre for Vision Research
Eye bank: NSW Tissue Bank (incorporating Lions NSW Eye Bank)-member of Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand
A pilot study characterizing the immune response in Herpes Keratitis

Tarsis Ferreira, PhD
University of Houston
Eye bank: Saving Sight; Miracles in Sight
Exploring Decorin Mimetics as modulators of fibroblast- to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation: Implications for corneal healing and fibrosis

Xiang Ma, PhD
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Eye bank: Lions Gift of Sight
Assessing markers of vascular regression in various stages of diabetic retinopathy

Michael Mong, MD
Veteran Affairs North Texas Health Care Medical Center
Eye bank: Lions Vision Gift of Sight Eye Bank
Regional vitamin K content of the human eye: A pilot study

Sudhir Verma, PhD
University of Houston
Eye bank: Saving Sight, Kansas City
Characterizing the progenitor-like properties of Transient Amplifying Cells (TACs) that present a Hyaluronan (HA)-rich glycocalyx


The EyeFind tool and EyeFind Research Grants stand to benefit the entire eye and vision research community. The ARVO Foundation is grateful to our partners who have committeed to helping researchers access the tissue samples they need. To inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact info@arvofoundation.org

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