Fight for Sight, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health

Location: 381 Park Avenue South Ste 809 New York NY 10016 USA

Mission: Fight For Sight supports and inspires eye and vision research by providing initial funding to promising scientists early in their careers.
Programs: The Fight for Sight Awards program accepts proposals from researchers around the world proposing promising avenues of research and experience in universities, hospitals and eye institutes. Our niche is the support of young, emerging leaders in the field of vision research. Awards are selected by a prominent scientific panel chosen by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Approximately 60 awards are made each year through student fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships and grants-in-aid. Donors are assured that only outstanding young researchers are chosen for awards for worthwhile research projects.
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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every day I went into work, I appreciated the support of Fight for Sight. They have supported countless students in the past, and will continue to support future generations of eye research scientists.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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Not only have I personally experienced the benefits from this organization, but I have had the pleasure of following the research of other awardees. I consider myself honored to be among such bright and promising people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting my research as a grad student and as a postdoc

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its commitment to support young scientists and its ARVO get-togethers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and committed to help scientists fight blindness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

encourage more young scientists to find cures for blindness

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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