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Call for proposals: Ophthalmology research in low- and middle-income countries 2022

Published: 28.03.2022
Call for Proposals

Velux Stiftung is publishing the second call for proposals in the ophthalmology programme targeting challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

At Velux Stiftung, we are convinced that developing and strengthening research capacity for biomedical ophthalmology research in LMICs according to the local needs will enable independent, research in a sustainable manner. This will in turn empower LMICs to address local challenges and develop adapted solutions. Capacity building for research is therefore a central aspect in the programme.

In addition to interdisciplinary biomedical research projects, the call of 2022 also welcomes institutional research capacity building projects. A budget of CHF 2 million is reserved for this call for proposals.

Thematic focus:

Interdisciplinary biomedical research projects in ophthalmology aiming to develop and assess new diagnostic, prevention, or treatment methods for eye diseases adapted to the local context and environment of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Institutional research capacity building projects: projects aiming at sustainably building, developing, or reinforcing institutional structures enabling biomedical ophthalmology research.

– Projects combining both aspects are welcome.

Duration of the projects: 1 to 4 years.

Scale of funding: from CHF 50’000 to CHF 100’000 per year, for one to four years, with at least 50% of the funding to be used in LMICs.

Partnerships: invited to apply are consortia of research groups with at least one partner based in a LMIC. The involvement of a Swiss partner in the consortium is welcome. A partner in a high-income country is however not mandatory. Most of the research should take place in one or several LMICs. To enhance knowledge transfer at least one PI or co-PI has to be an established (R3) or leading researcher (R4) in ophthalmology according to the European Framework for research careers.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Final decision: November 2022

Please note that we do not fund research projects where the main focus lies in health systems / services research, implementation research / intervention science, health economics or community development. Neither training, education, capacity building for eye care or research to improve this process.

If you are unsure about the fit of your project idea to the scope of the call, please contact us with an abstract of your project idea at [email protected].

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