Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists

The Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority (URM) Emerging Vision Scientists provides research funding to early-career URM investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment and are working to establish an independent vision research program. The award provides a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to support research and personnel costs.

The intent of the award is to provide URM investigators who are early in their careers with an opportunity to explore novel and innovative ideas and to promote the generation of promising preliminary results that may be leveraged to catalyze success in both in earning additional, longer-term funding support as well as the authorship of impactful publications.

The successful applicant will have strong scientific mentorship support at their home institution, and ARVO will match the recipient with a mentor who is outside their home institution to provide support related to career advancement. This mentor will be a senior member of the eye and vision research community who has been selected thoughtfully from the ARVO membership to ensure a productive, meaningful mentorship relationship.

Scientific area of focus

The fellowship will provide funding to support a well-conceived research project in any area of vision science.


Eligibility criteria will include the following:

  • Applicant must identify as an underrepresented minority as defined as African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
  • Applicant must be within the first four years of a primary academic appointment
  • Applicant must have a strong record of scholarly productivity and be poised to become an independent investigator
  • Applicant must be working/practicing in the United States. There are no citizenship restrictions.
  • Applicant must be working in the field of eye and/or vision research
  • Applicant must have an academic appointment at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

Use of funds

Funds may be used for research, including salary, benefits and laboratory supplies. Funds may not be used for purchasing equipment. No overhead fees can be assessed. The project period must commence within six months of notification of the award and be completed within two years of the start date.

  • The application will include submission of:
  • NIH biosketch or equivalent
  • Outline of the applicant’s career objectives and how this award will benefit the applicant
  • Outline of proposed research to be funded by award
  • Letter of support from department chair, affirming that funding will go directly to support awardee
  • Two letters of recommendation from outside the applicant’s institution
  • Affirmation of meeting all eligibility requirements
  • Affirmation of adherence to all relevant ARVO policies

2021 Timeline

Applications open       July 1, 2020
Applications close       Sept. 1, 2020
Recipients notified      November 2020

Supported by the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research