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Career Development Award (CDA)

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Purpose: The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is soliciting applications for Career Development Awards (CDA) from clinical research scientists of superior dedication and talent. The award is for junior investigators to pursue vigorous research programs to drive the research to find the therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases (RDDs), i.e., inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and non-exudative age-related macular degeneration. The goal of this Program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research, to elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs and to develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat and cure these diseases. The goal of this award is to support the career development of clinician-scientists in the field of retinal degenerations. Recipients of these awards must be clinicians who currently care for patients with RDDs. In addition, they should develop independent research programs directed toward providing therapies for RDDs.


  • Clinician-scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or recognized equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment are eligible to apply for a CDA.
  • Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens. Application is not limited to U.S. or U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and reside and work outside the U.S. may apply.
Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)