Travel Award Submission

National Foundation for Eye Research

Apply for a Travel Award to International Cataract Research Meetings

NFER along with the Japanese CCRG will once again sponsor travel awards to assist attendance at the 2019 International Conference on the Lens (ICL). We anticipate that as many as 20 awards may be provided. Most of these are intended for young investigators (students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty) and will be in the amount of $2,000. In addition, there will be a Henry Fukui Travel Award for a senior participant in the amount of $2500. Eligible conference attendees are invited to apply for these awards by sending a copy of the abstract submitted for presentation at the ICL, their CV, and a letter of recommendation to Dr. Sam Zigler before October 1, 2019).

All eligible individuals are welcome to apply, however if the number of approved applicants exceeds the number of available awards, priority will be given to those who have not previously received ICL travel awards.

Awardees will receive the $2,000 by check upon registering for the meeting in Kona. Since the travel awards are intended to provide young investigators with maximal opportunity to meet and interact with the broad lens research community, it is expected that awardees will plan to be in Kona for the duration of the conference (December 8-13), and will register for the meeting through the ICL package which includes the conference site Sheraton Keahou Hotel.

When receiving their travel award checks, each awardee must provide copies of their hotel and air travel receipts. These documents are necessary to satisfy requirements of the Internal Revenue Service and ensure that the awards are fully tax free.

Several Categories of Travel Grants are available for attending the ICL Meeting:

  • Henry Fukui Travel Award for a senior US investigator
  • Alvira Reddy Travel Award for a Japanese investigator

NFER Young Investigator Travel Awards for junior investigators working in laboratories in the US or in other countries. Two of these awards honor the memory of former colleagues and supporters of the NFER and are intended for US investigators. These are the Frederick Bettelheim Travel Award and the W. Gerald Robison Travel Award.

To apply for a travel award, please upload a Nomination Letter, a CV of the applicant, and a copy of the applicant’s submitted Conference Abstract.

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