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.

2023 application period (Cycle 1) opens April 1

View eligibility details and how to apply

2022 EyeFind Research Grant Recipients

Cycle 1

Ta Chen Peter Chang, MD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Eye bank: Florida Lions Eye Bank
RNA Sequencing-Based Transcriptomic Profile of Fresh Normal Human Lens

Miguel Flores-Bellver, PhD
University of Colorado
Eye bank: Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research
Extracellular Vesicles enrichment from postmortem human Retina and RPE tissue

Elena Gofas Salas, PhD
Vision Institute (Sorbonne)
Eye bank: Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank
Detection and identification of retinal cellular biomarkers for the study of the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases

Martina Kropp, PhD
University of Geneva
Eye bank: Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank
Animal product-free culture of human transfected Retinal (RPE) and Iris Pigment Epithelial (IPE) cells for cell therapy

Tasneem Sharma, PhD
Trustees of Indiana University
Eye bank: Minnesota Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank
Therapeutic targeting of pressure induced glaucomatous degeneration

Maria Vinas-Pena, PhD and Sangyeon Cho, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Eye bank: Lions VisionGift Eye Bank
A novel gold-assisted plasmonic nanoscopy method to investigate mechanical and structural changes in Myopia


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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