For Optometrists and Vision Scientists

The American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation provide several awards and grants for optometrists and vision scientists.
Awards of Recognition
Research Grants
All awards of recognition are by nomination only (no individual applications).


The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2018, unless noted otherwise in the chart below. Please submit the following by email to Helen Viksnins at HelenV@aaoptom.org.

  • A letter of nomination from an Academy Fellow, explaining why the nominee is particularly deserving of the award for which the nomination has been made.
  • A copy of the CV of the nominee.
  • A letter seconding the nomination from another Academy Fellow

 

Award Name

Purpose

Deadline

Awarded annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science.
April 1, 2018
The award is given annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of the quality, significance, impact, and relevance to optometry of his or her current research contributions.
April 1, 2018
Awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement and development of relationships between optometry and other professions.
April 1, 2018
Awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Academy.
April 1, 2018
Awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Academy.
April 1, 2018
Recognizes an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students and/or the advancement of optometric education.
April 1, 2018
Presented to an individual who has made a distinguished and significant contribution to clinical excellence and the direct clinical advancement of visual and optometric service and thus the visual enhancement of the public.
April 1, 2018
Honors those persons who have rendered extraordinary and/or distinguished long-term service to the Academy.
April 1, 2018
The award will be presented annually to a distinguished clinician who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the Academy’s Lectures and Workshops Program.
April 1, 2018
Recognizes Optometry and Vision Science journal authors.
Selected by the Editorial Board of Optometry and Vision Science
Recognizes an outstanding young scientist or clinician scientist who has shown exceptional promise to conduct independent research directly related to etiology, prevention, detection, diagnosis, or management of clinical ocular disorders.
April 1, 2018
Brien Holden Humanitarian AwardBrien Holden Humanitarian Award
This award will recognize an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region.
April 1, 2018
This award recognizes an individual, individuals or organizations for extraordinary international contributions to optometry or international eye care.
April 1, 2018
This award is in memory of, and in honor of, those Academy Fellows who founded the Section on Contact Lens of the American Academy of Optometry.
The Section on CCLRT Executive Committee nominates the recipient(s). 
The award is in the form of a plaque that is given to a clinician, researcher, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the cornea and contact lens field by virtue of his publications, lectures, or research efforts.
The Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award Committee decides who shall be chosen to receive this annual award.
Given to an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to public health and/or environmental vision over many years.
Nominations are due by May 30, 2018, to the PHEV Section.

Grant Name


Purpose

Application Window

To support talented optometry and vision science faculty and researchers in innovative research in the area of glaucoma or the anterior segment. One, one-year award, of $60,000, plus a $750 travel grant for the Principal Investigator and up to three co-investigators on the project to attend the next annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.
May 18 - July 15, 2018
The program’s funding is designed to benefit individuals early in their career whose academic curiosity leads them to seek answers to a vast variety of professionally-based questions covering a wide area of vision science, clinical practice, or eye related public health.
June 1 - Aug 1, 2018
To positively influence and reduce the age at which optometric researchers attain large scale federal support and to increase the number of optometrists who receive such support. Maximum of $50,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years. The applicant’s institution will be required to provide matching funds.
LOI due 2/5/2018

Full proposal due 8/1/2018
To answer clinically meaningful questions that will have a significant impact on patient care in optometry, and to provide a mechanism for Academy Fellows to conduct clinical research. Up to $100,000 award per project for direct costs.
LOI due 3/30/18

Full proposal due 7/2/2018
Provides a stipend of $25,000 to support an individual to further their knowledge in the broad area of dry eye. This grant is not designed to merely extend a period of study or employment. Funds from this award may not be used to purchase major equipment for an institution for dry eye research.
May 1 - July 1, 2018
Intended to increase interest and reward excellence in the field of low vision for faculty at North American schools and colleges of optometry. One, $1,000 grant, will be awarded in 2018.
Apr 1 - June 1, 2018