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NEI offers more grants for audacious eye research

October 29, 2013

The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced funding opportunities for two new high-priority research areas under its Audacious Goals Initiative to support advanced eye care-related science.

The NEI Molecular Therapies for Eye Disease grant is designed to encourage the development of new therapies to preserve and restore sight through the control, modification, or delivery of genetic information, or through the use of small molecules or optogenetics. Proposed therapies may be directed toward any tissues of the visual system.

Highest priority for support under this announcement will be for preclinical and in vivo animal studies.

The institute’s Intersection of Aging and Biological Mechanisms of Eye Disease grants will support research projects that investigate mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the eye and assess their impact on vision and associated brain functions, identify early biomarkers of disease, and evaluate interventions to prevent age-related eye disease.

Applications may propose design-directed, developmental, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research.

For additional information, visit www.nei.nih.gov/audacious.

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