Instructions for Completing an Operating Grant Application


Download: 2015 LOI Form

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Operating Grant competition is an open investigator-driven competition with submitted proposals subject to systematic peer-review. Operating grants support specific research projects conducted by scientists appointed at Canadian universities and hospitals. Please review our Guidelines for the Allocation of Funds for Research, prior to beginning an application.

The amount and duration of the award will be commensurate with the needs and merit of the grant proposal. Typical FFB operating grants award between $50,000-100,000 a year for a period of 1-3 years. Funding of more than $100,000 a year will not be awarded. 


A Letter of Intent is required to determine the suitabilityof potential projects for Foundation Fighting Blindness funding. Projects must be deemed relevant at the LOI stage before the applicant may submit a full proposal. 



Investigators who have had their LOI accepted, are invited to submit a full proposal. Details for full applications will be given to successful LOI applicants.

When will I learn about the outcome of the competition?

The 2015 FFB Operating Grant Competition will adhere to the following schedule.

January 30, 2015 Letter of Intent submission deadline
February 18, 2014 All applicants notified of the status of their LOI proposal
April 13, 2015 Full grant proposal submission deadline
May 31, 2015 Scientists notified about the outcome of their proposal
July 1, 2015 Funding cycle begins

Please do not hesitate to ask questions with respect to mechanisms governing the Foundation Fighting Blindness annual grants and awards competition; comments or concerns can be directed to Mary Sunderland, Senior Manager, Research & Education, The Foundation Fighting Blindness at or call 1 800-461-3331 x238.



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