The Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness (ISPB) annually awards grants to support research in eye and vision health, with priority granted to areas of inquiry with direct clinical relevance (translational research). Principal investigators for grants shall be MD or OD students, residents, fellows, assistant professors and other junior faculty. Residents and medical students are required to have a faculty mentor involved with their research.
Please Note: Applications are due early May with awards announced in June. Checks are issued once grant recipients provide the final paperwork. Research projects must be completed by June 31st of the following calendar year.
Completed research grant applications are due Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by 12:00pm.
Download the required application here. Save it and send back as a pdf with your last name first, first name and the name of your school (e.g., Smith, Joe – Northwestern).
Download the required authorization form here. Save it and send back as a pdf with last name first, first name and “auth” (e.g. Smith, Joe – Auth).
All documents can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
View the 2016 grant recipients here.
James A. McKechnie, Jr. Award
The James A. McKechnie, Jr. Award is given to the principal investigator with the highest quality grant proposal based on the relevance of the research, clarity of thesis and quality of writing. The research project is fully funded and the investigator receives a one-year Professional Membership in ISPB.
The 2015 was awarded to Judy Chen, M.D. by the ISPB Research Committee Chair, Dr. David Morimoto, at the December meeting of the Chicago Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Chen, a resident at the University of Illinois Chicago, is investigating Vision Loss and Papilledema in Patients with Brain Tumors. Dr. Chen stated, “Currently, very little is known not only about the prevalence of papilledema in patients with brain tumors, but also how to detect patients at risk for loss of vision from papilledema.”
Past James A. McKechnie, Jr. Award Recipients
The first annual James A. McKechnie, Jr. Award was presented to Gautam Vangipuram, a medical student at the University of Illinois Chicago for his research project – Association Between Retinal Vein Size and Short-term Intracranial Pressure Changes in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. The McKechnie Award recognizes the highest quality grant proposal based on the relevance of the research, clarity of thesis and quality of writing.
Dr. David Morimoto, ISPB Research Committee Chair, presented Mr. Vangipuram with the award at the September 29th Chicago Ophthalmology Society meeting.