The IRRF is a publicly supported charitable foundation funded by donor contributions and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt from federal tax under section 501(A) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (c)(3).

Grants are awarded in August with an October 1 funding date. The submission deadline date is May 1. The deadline for submitting Postdoctoral Scholar Nominations is March 1. All request determinations will be provided in writing.

The International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF) supports scientific research on the diseases of the human eye, especially its center, the macula, and peripheral retinal research that ultimately will accelerate the outcome of discovery. Specific consideration will be given to those scientists who are actively working toward discovering the causes, preventions, and cures of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Limited funding is available for postdoctoral training in the area of vision research and for educational and scientific exchange.

Grants & Funding

  1. Bullet Policy Statements

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Application Forms may be obtained by contacting:

The International Retinal Research Foundation, Inc.

1720 University Boulevard

Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Attn: Sandra Blackwood, MPA

Executive Director

Phone: 205-325-8103

Fax: 205-325-8394

Or by email:

An original and one (1) copy of the completed application should be returned to the above address no later than May 1.