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  

2 people found this review helpful

Fight for Sight funded a grant-in-aid in 2009, which has led to my successful application for NIH/NEI funding. Without their support, I would not have been able to perform as many experiments required to produce the preliminary data required for my NEI grant. Thanks - a wonderful organization!

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

successful grant application

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My first research support was a grant-in-aid during my eye residency. This was much needed support that led to a career in eye research. I have served on FFS review panels and have been impressed at their quality and objectivity. FFS provides support to young investigators at a time when other support avenues are not open to them. It expands the pool of young investigators in the eye field.

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

a grant-in-aid in the 1970's.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

For 5 years, I have served on the grant review committee for Fight For Sight (FFS), and in recent year I have taken part in hosting the FFS information booth at annual vision meetings. Critically, FFS mentors and supports young basic scientists and physician scientists in cutting-edge ocular research studies. Furthermore, FFS encourages and supports networking and communication of investigators between the various disciplines in vision science. The many scientists and physicians that serve FFS, and the many success stories of FFS-funded and -supported students who develop into leading and funded researchers in vision science, speak loudly to the long history of success for this outstanding organization. I am privileged to be a part of Fight For Sight.

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

Everyday, when I work in my research vision labs, and with student physicians and researchers, as well as at annual vision science meeting, I encounter the fruits of Fight for Sight.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I served on FFB's grant review panel for a few years, helping to review grant applications primarily from first-time, young investigators trying to enter the vision research field. I was truly impressed by the high quality of the applicants and their proposals. More importantly, however, the impact that this funding had on the career development of these young investigaotrs was critical to their future in the field. FFB is a first-rate not-for-profit organization, and a credit to the profession.

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

Within a year or two of several grantees getting their first awards, I would see their presentations at ARVO meetings and elsewhere and know that the funding they received had been put to very good use. It was very gratifying to see this outcome.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

Funding for research is difficult to obtain in the current economic climate. Fight for Sight provides so many Ophthalmology department with funds that can be used for new projects, to buy a desparately needed piece of equipment, and the like. Additionally they provide fellowships for medical students, and this is very important as it increases the potential that they will pursue a career in both medicine and research.

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

I personally received a mid-career award that I could use as I thought best. Those funds generated preliminary data that allowed me to obtain additional funding from NIH.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

As a college student, I sought to do medical research but found it difficult to obtain the necessary funding as a student. I was lucky enough to be awarded with the Fight For Sight Student Fellowship Grant. I was able to complete my summer research project with that funding. Now, three years later I am in my final year of medical school, applying for an ophthalmology residency. I hope to continue studying eye diseases at a large research institution.

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

Supporting and encouraging my future career as a physician scientist, while I was still a college student

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

how I was able to contribute to the medical field at such a young age

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

kind, generous, and caring

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

improve the eye health and quality of life for millions of people

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-8-01

 
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