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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:
1. Innovative public health approaches to reduce blindness from cataract;
2. Innovative public health approaches to reduce blindness from trachoma;
3. Innovative public health approaches to reduce and correct refractive errors in school-age children or,
4. 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 (LOI) is December 31, 2016. Invitations to submit full proposals will be distributed no later than January 16, 2017, with full proposals due by March 13, 2017. Grants will be approved by LCIF and commence in August 2017.
2017 Request for Proposals are available in English, French and Spanish. Please click on the following links for more information.
Please write to [email protected] for any comments or questions about the research program.
For more information, including the SightFirst grant application, disease-specific questionnaires and long-range policy papers, please click on this link: http://www.lcif.org/EN/our-work/sight/sightfirst-materials.php.