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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals, Nonprofits,
Agencies, and IHEs for Vision Disorder Research Projects

SightFirst Research Grant

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for research projects related to blindness and vision disorders. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Eligible research projects are those that benefit underserved and marginalized communities.

The LCIF SightFirst program strengthens eye care systems in underserved communities enabling them to fight blindness and vision loss and assist those who are blind or visually impaired. The program funds high-quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, develop infrastructure, train personnel, increase public awareness of eye health, and/or provide rehabilitation and education for persons who are blind or have low vision.

SightFirst funds are also available to support public health research initiatives whose outcomes directly influence or inform operation of the SightFirst program and, in some cases, that of other global blindness prevention efforts. SightFirst research projects evaluate existing approaches, identify and validate innovative or improved program strategies, determine the eye care needs of a particular region or population and/or assess the barriers to uptake of eye care services.

The funding priorities for the 2022 SightFirst research grant program are as follows:

  • Cataract
  • Uncorrected Refractive Error
  • Rapid Assessments of Avoidable Blindness (RAABs)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Protocol

SightFirst welcomes proposals that investigate any one of the funding priorities as it relates to disadvantaged or marginalized communities, who face inequities in access to eye care and bear a greater burden of eye conditions and visual impairment. SightFirst funds support the goal of universal health coverage, so that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

Project types might include but are not limited to pilot or feasibility studies, secondary analysis of existing data or small, self-contained research projects which advance work in progress.

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a direct link to the operation of current or future SightFirst projects with potential for immediate impact and/or broader geographical application. Priority will also be given to proposals seeking to increase local research capacity, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, by having local researchers lead the work and publish under their name.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177461

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to US $100,000.

Term of Contract:

SightFirst research grants will be awarded to support an experienced individual, institution, organization or consortium engaged in a public health research project to be completed in less than 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible institutions and organizations must have a proven track record of successful research project implementation and may include: public or state-controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and governmental agencies or institutions of any nation.

Eligible individuals or groups of individuals include any person(s) with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Principal Investigator (PI) with his/her organization or consortium.

SightFirst research grants are not available for capacity building or service delivery projects that are more appropriately considered through other SightFirst and LCIF grant programs.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 15, 2021 – Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent
- Mid-January 2022 – Invitations to submit full proposal distributed
- March 21, 2022 – Deadline for submission of full proposal
- August 2022 – SightFirst Advisory Committee proposal review & notice of award

To be eligible for consideration, completed proposals must be submitted no later than March 21, 2022. Proposals will undergo a preliminary review in May or June 2022 before and after which applicants may be asked to provide further detail and/or revisions by a specific deadline. Final review and selection by the SightFirst Advisory Committee will occur at their meeting in August 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs and full proposals in pdf file format should be e-mailed to the LCIF Sight Programs Department at:

Direct questions to the email address listed above.

2016 Lions Clubs International Foundation
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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