The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities.
SightFirst research grants of up to US$100,000 are available to support projects that investigate:
- innovative approaches to reduce blindness from cataract;
- innovative approaches to reduce blindness from trachoma;
- innovative approaches to reduce and correct refractive errors in school-age children; or
- epidemiological surveys in geographical areas where there is no recent data available or where repeated surveys may inform existing trends. Basic laboratory science research will not be supported under this program.
The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 14, 2015.
Invitations to submit full proposals will be distributed no later than January 29, 2016, with full proposals due by March 14, 2016.
Grants will be approved by LCIF and commence in September 2016.
Links to the English, French and Spanish versions of the Request for Proposals can be found below.