From 2021, only projects focusing on ophthalmology research related to the specific situations and context of low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), conducted by or in collaboration with research institutions based in LMIC, will be considered.
Global estimates of visual impairments point to a major challenge globally with over 250 million people suffering from blindness or moderate to severe visual impairments. Although the large majority of affected people live in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), only a limited research effort is focused on their specific challenges.
To increase the impact of the foundation funding in ophthalmology, the board decided in June 2020 to engage in ophthalmology research tackling challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The focus is newly set on research that:
A priority is set towards eye diseases without a cost-effective treatment yet.
Basic, clinical, epidemiological, technology development studies addressing stringently the context environment and specificities of LMIC as well as studies to understand the basis and test new visual impairment prevention methods will be considered.
Health systems research, implementation research, health economics or community development are out of the funding scope.
The foundation prefers (more detailed information will follow on its website):