Proposals for glasses, contact lenses, interactive, and combination therapies
Strategies to prevent the development of symptomatology in new contact lens wearers, with emphasis on:
Diagnosis and early intervention therapies for new lens wearers
Understanding biochemical changes in newly fitted contact lens wearers over time
Controlled release technologies for delivery of beneficial agents, as well as approaches to improve moisture retention
Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Contact Lens Fitting and Diagnostics, including:
ChatGPT , Bard, etc. – Applications for Optometry and Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)
Research proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages. For this purpose, two types of awards are offered:
CooperVision Seedling Award
The CooperVision Seedling Award is intended to incentivize collaborations with CooperVision in a new research area for a one-year period. The maximum total cash amount for a CooperVision seedling is $100,000.
CooperVision Translational Research Award
The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project with funding over two years, totaling up to $400,000.
Any researcher with Principal Investigator (PI) status holding a MD, OD, or PhD is eligible to apply. Applicants, such as postdoctoral fellows, with a waiver of PI status must submit appropriate documentation before funding can be received.