ARVO Foundation Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Awards

These awards support researchers who are committed to careers as clinician-scientists. The awards are presented annually in recognition of significant research being presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting. 

Awardees will receive a $3,000 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting.


Researchers engaged in basic or clinical vision research who hold an MD or equivalent clinical professional degree with an academic faculty or comparable appointment, are committed to a career encompassing institutionally guaranteed protected time for research, and are currently working or have previously worked under the guidance of a mentor are eligible to apply.

Application process

Applications are accepted via the ARVO Annual Meeting abstract submission process. Candidates may indicate on their abstract submission that they would like to be considered for this award. Abstracts maybe submitted online before the deadline.

Review and selection process

Abstracts are reviewed and scored by the Annual Meeting Program Committee. The award is given to the highest-scoring abstracts submitted by eligible individuals who have opted in to being considered for the award.


Applications coincide with the ARVO Annual Meeting abstract submission process.

Abstract submission opens: TBA

Abstract submission close: TBA

Recipients notified: TBA

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2021 recipient: Kim Jiramongkolchai, MD

As a pediatric retinal surgeon, I am interested in the use of non-invasive imaging modalities and serum biomarkers to study retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), the leading cause of childhood blindness. Specifically, my research is focused on understanding the role of fetal hemoglobin in ROP onset and progression, an interest that I first developed during my retina fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute.