Art is Her Best Friend

Yvonne is living her dream. She is an artist, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for vision research.

Become a Community Fundraiser

Community events are a fun way for you to join the fight against blindness and fund sight saving research. Host a fundraiser in your community today!

Out-pacing vision loss

Cycle for Sight founder and co-chair, Michael Ovens, will cycle any distance or run any length to help support sight-saving research.

Meet Molly Burke, FFB Youth Ambassador

Youth Ambassador

Molly Burke is a youth ambassador for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, educating the public about living with blindness while delivering a message of hope to those living with vision impairment.

Meet Norma Bastidas, mom on a mission

Mom on a Mission

Norma is the second person in history to run 7 of the planet's most unforgiving environments on 7 continents in 1 year in support of vision research. Read her about incredible journey.

Meet Dale Turner, proof that research does work

Miracles do happen

Dale Turner is the first Canadian to receive an experimental treatment and have some sight restored by gene therapy. Dale is proof that investing in research works.

Instructions for Completing an Operating Grant Application


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 in order to determine the suitability and relevance of potential projects for Foundation Fighting Blindness funding. Projects must be deemed relevant at the LOI stage in order for the applicant to submit a full grant application. The letter of intent phase of thsi competition is now closed.



Investigators, who have had their letter of intent accepted, are invited to submit full operating grant proposals. Full proposals are due Friday January 31st, 2014 at 5 PM EST. Details for full applications will be given to successful LOI applicants.

All submissions must use the Operating Grant Form and Budget Module provided (to download the forms to your own computer right click and choose "save target as").

Detailed instructions about the appropriate format for your submission are included with the forms. To facilitated effective peer-review, operating grant applications must be submitted in English.

When you are ready, and your submission has been collated into a single PDF form,use this link to upload your submission to our secure server.

When will I learn about the outcome of the competition?

The 2014 FFB Operating Grant Competition will adhere to the following schedule.

November 15, 2013 Letter of Intent submission deadline
December 16, 2013 All applicants notified of the status of their LOI proposal
January 31, 2014 Full grant proposal submission deadline
May 31, 2014 Scientists notified about the outcome of their proposal
July 1, 2014 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 Lori Lyons, Manager of Scientific Information, The Foundation Fighting Blindness at or call 1 800-461-3331 x238.


You can help – support us today!

Privacy Policy | Accessibility Policy