Vistakon Research Grant


To encourage talented persons to pursue full-time careers in optometry, the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) is now accepting proposals for one research grant sponsored by VISTAKON®, and The Vision Care Institute,LLC., both a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. The AOF, in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry Research Committee, will award the competitive grant to fund basic or clinical research in the area of soft contact lenses.

Award and Eligibility

The award is open to all persons in Optometry and Vision Science. One 1-year award of $25,000 will be offered for 2013.

All funds, as per policy of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Foundation will be issued in U.S. currency to the primary institution of record.

Funds support research conducted for a period of one year in the area of soft contact lens research. Recipient must submit a minimum 500 word report of their research findings to the AOF at the end of the award period in order to be eligible for subsequent awards.

In 2012 the winner(s) were chosen from a pool of 18 applicants.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Friday, July 19, 2013.

Application and Review Procedures

Each proposal must be submitted electronically and contain the following components:

  • Cover page; project title, institution and address, name (including degree(s)) and titles for Principle Investigator (and one, Co-Investigator) with contact information.
  • Introduction; background and significance; specific aims; preliminary studies; and study design and methods. This section should total no more than 5 pages.
  • References (maximum of 1 page)
  • Budget and budget justification (maximum of 1 page) *NOTE: It is the policy of the Foundation not to cover indirect cost.
  • Biographical sketch(es) of Principal and one co-investigator only (maximum of 2 pages for each investigator) that must include:
    • Full contact information 
    • Education/training; research and professional experience; honors and awards
    • Publications (refereed) for the last three years and best representative earlier publications (max. of 3)
  • Signed letter of Assurance (one page) by Department Chair (or Signatory Official) indicating the proposal has been reviewed and meets with the standards of the institution and if warranted observes all rules and regulations regarding compliance with reserach on human subjects.


Proposals are reviewed by a peer review committee established by the American Academy of Optometry's Research Committee and approved by the AOF Board of Directors.

The award recipient will be contacted and regret notices issued early in the Fall of 2013.

Application Submission

All proposals must be submitted by email to: and contain in the subject title: Research Grant + Primary Investigator Last Name.

Applicants will receive a confirmation receipt by email from the Foundation within 1 -3  business days after submission.  Files exceeding 10 MB must be broken into separate smaller units to allow passage through internet security measures.


The AOF is a non-profit organization and our policy is not to cover any indirect costs associated with the Vistakon Research Grant  or any other of our programs. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients. 

Award Conditions

The award recipient and an institution representative will be invited to attend Academy 2013 Seattle; where on Saturday, October 26th, at the AOF Celebration Luncheon, the recipient will receive recognition and a commemorative plaque.

Any manuscript or publication material produced must acknowlege the American Optometric Foundation and VISTAKON®, and The Vision Care Institute,LLC., both a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Recipients are encouraged to submit a manuscript to Optometry and Vision Science.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their  name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.

 For additional information contact:

Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at: 321-710-3936 or

2012 Recipients Announced

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) in collaboration with VISTAKON®, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is pleased  to announce the receipients of the 2012 VISTAKON® Research Grants.  Recipients received $25,000 for advancing their research.

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO
Indiana University School of Optometry 
The visual impact of spherical aberration in the presence of lens decentration induced aberration

Yvonne Wu, BOptom, MPH, PhD, FAAO and Suzanne Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry
The impact of ocular surface factors on virulence factor expression within Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms on contact lenses

These are highly competitive research awards with the awardees selected by an international panel of scientists from many qualified applicants.

VISTAKON® is proud to have partnered with the American Optometric Foundation for over a decade, providing over one million dollars of support for scholarships, fellowships, and research grants. "VISTAKON® and the AOF are truly changing the future of optometry by supporting education, leadership, research in optometry," said Cathie Amos, OD, FAAO, President, American Optometric Foundation. VISTAKON® is the only member of the Foundation’s Visionary circle.

VISTAKON® is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.