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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research, Health, Medical Research

Mission: Since 1946, fight for sight has supported and inspired eye and vision research by funding promising scientists early in their careers.

Programs: Research proposals are solicited on an annual basis and reviewed and ranked by panels of scientific and medical experts who comprise the organization's "scientific review committee" (src). All grants are selected on a competitive basis and awarded to the institution where the research is conducted. From time to time, special awards may be made after recommendation by the src, the scientific director(s), board president and/or the executive director and subsequent approval of the full board. During the year ended december 31, 2014, grants and awards totaling $292,600 were made: grantsinaid: ($120,000) six grants were made to researchers within three years of their first academic appointment who have no support other than departmental funds. These awardees are expected to utilize these grants to generate preliminary results in order to obtain significant subsequent funding from other sources. Postdoctoral awards($120,000)six grants were awarded to individuals with doctoral degrees who intend to pursue academic careers in ophthalmology and/or eye and vision research. These awardees are expected to utilize their funding for their post-doctoral research projects, and to obtain preliminary data in support of future larger grant applications. Summer student fellowships: ($46,700) twenty-six grants were made to undergraduates, graduate or medical students contemplating careers in eye research. Students work under the direction of established vision scientists on projects related to eye disease or vision disorders.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is extremely efficient. I have worked with other nonprofits (like Teach for American and the Michael Jordan Foundation). FFS, like TFA, relies heavily on the internet to conduct business but are also very personable. When you have a question about something, you get a response right away and the program directors know their students well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to offer a brief description of my experience with the Fight For Sight (FFS) organization. I am a current recipient of the FFS Post-doctoral Fellowship award. I am humbled by this prestigious honor and to be associated with such distinguished alumni. The Fight For Sight organization fulfills a unique niche, providing an unparalleled opportunity since 1946 for scientists with limited funding like myself. As a nascent scientist, this award has allowed me to investigate a novel photoreceptor-specific protein that when mutated, causes a severe and early onset form of retinitis pigmentosa. In addition, the funding from FFS has allowed me to attend and present my work at several scientific meetings. Being new to the field of vision research, I have taken full advantage of the FFS generous award. It has allowed me to form new relationships with scientists from around the globe, become acquainted with the latest methodologies, as well as further my knowledge in the field. Currently, I am preparing a manuscript for publication based on data generated through the financial support of this grant. At this critical juncture in my career, this award will be the catalyst that I am sure will help propel me in all my future endeavors. It is my hope that this organization will continue to stay viable and strong, providing support and encouragement to young scientists who are interested in pursuing academic careers. Sincerely, Gregory H Grossman, PhD

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FFS plays an important role in the vision research community by supporting young scientists. At a personal level both my summer student and postdoc fellowships were key events in my young professional life. My FFS summer graduate student fellowship encouraged me to continue thinking independently and creatively. As I started my postdoc, I wanted to approach basic questions about vision using a multidisciplinary approach. However, traditional postdoc positions don't encourage much collaboration across labs due to funding limitations. Fortunately, the FFS postdoc fellowship supported my developing a research program that benefits from the expertise of two different labs. Thank you FFS for believing in me and my ideas.