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).

Award Name

Purpose

Eligibility

Application Window

Administrator

Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture

Awarded annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science.

Establishing a long record of distinction in research will typically require that the nominee be beyond the mid-career stage. The nominee will be judged by the quality, significance, and impact of his or her career-long body of work in vision science. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist. The recipient will present a special lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry on his or her current research contributions. It is also expected that the recipient will submit a manuscript on that topic to Optometry and Vision Science.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture

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.

Fulfilling these criteria typically requires that the nominee be at the mid-career stage, meaning that current accomplishments are worthy of the award and the nominee is highly likely to continue to make significant contributions to his or her field. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist. The recipient will present a special lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry on his or her current research contributions. It is also expected that the recipient will submit a manuscript on that topic to Optometry and Vision Science.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Carel C. Koch Memorial Award

Awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement and development of relationships between optometry and other professions.

This award is not limited to Academy Fellows nor to optometrists, but may be presented to physicians, educators, or others who have made an outstanding contribution in that direction, worthy of national attention. Academy members make nominations to the Awards Committee and the Awards Committee makes selections with the Board of Directors' approval.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Honorary Fellowship Award

Awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Academy.

Honorary Fellowship is typically given to individuals who are not optometrists and were not members of the Academy.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Life Fellowship Award

Awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Academy.

Life Fellowship Award is usually given to Academy Fellows who had contributed significantly to the Academy with years of service being a factor in the selection.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education

Recognizes an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students and/or the advancement of optometric education.

Each candidate is judged by his or her contribution and excellence in optometric education by virtue of performance in any or all of the following areas: teaching (classroom, laboratory, clinic, distance learning), scholarship that enhances optometric education, organizational work that enhances optometric education. Each Dean or President of each School or College of Optometry may nominate one individual.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

William Feinbloom Award

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.

The award is not limited to Academy Fellows or to optometrists. The Awards Committee selects one person and submits their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Eminent Service Award

Honors those persons who have rendered extraordinary and/or distinguished long-term service to the Academy.

Nominations can be made by any member of the Academy to the Chair of the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee then makes its recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award

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.

Individuals considered for this award will be widely recognized by both Academy peers and the profession for their clinical expertise and willingness to share their knowledge for the benefit of improved patient care. Awardees are required to be active in direct patient care. Additional contributions to the ophthalmic literature relative to sharing clinical knowledge may also be considered.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry


Garland W. Clay Award


Recognizes Optometry and Vision Science journal authors.


Presented to the author or authors of the manuscript published in Optometry and Vision Science that has been most widely cited in the world of scientific literature in the preceding five years.

 

Selected by the Editorial Board of Optometry and Vision Science.


American Academy of Optometry

Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

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.

At the time of nomination, a Borish Award nominee should be within 6 years of the date of completion of his or her final degree. Typically this degree will be the PhD but, in exceptional circumstances, current research accomplishments and promise for the future may qualify an individual for consideration for this award with the degree Doctor of Optometry, Master of Science, or other professional or research degree. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Brien 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.

In particular, the award will acknowledge humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

AAO – Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry

This award recognizes an individual, individuals or organizations for extraordinary international contributions to optometry or international eye care.

Recognizes an individual(s) or organizations whose direct efforts and contributions have resulted in unquestionably significant and extraordinary advances in optometry and eye care internationally. The recipient's contributions should be clearly documented and self-evident, in that the excellence and importance of the contributions have been established and known to the international optometric community.

Nominations due April 1, 2018

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Founders’ Award

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 award (or awards, not more than two per year)is to be presented to an individual, group, or company who has made an outstanding contribution to the clinical aspect of the art or science of contact lens fitting.

The Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Executive Committee nominates the recipient or recipients.

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award

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.

Recipients are asked to present a twenty minute lecture during the Cornea and Contact Lens Section’s meeting held at the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting. The topic and content of the lecture are left to the discretion of the recipient and the Committee but it should relate to the recipient’s work in the cornea and contact lens field.

The Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award Committee decides who shall be chosen to receive this annual award.

 

 

American Academy of Optometry

Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Henry B. Peters Memorial Award

Given to an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to public health and/or environmental vision over many years.

The recipient of the Henry B. Peters Memorial Award need not be an optometrist or an Academy Fellow. The honoree will be required to attend the Section program and present an address in that program of not less than 30 minutes on a public health and/or environmental vision topic of his/her choice.

Nominations are due by May 30, 2018, to the PHEV Section.

 

 

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Grant Name

Purpose

Eligibility

Application Window

Administrator

Allergan Foundation Research Grant

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.

The award is open to all faculty and researchers in optometry and vision science. Preference will be given to North American applicants. The Principal Investigator must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). It is also encouraged that the Co-Investigators be a member.

May 18 – July 15, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

BSK Research Fellowship

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.

All optometric related faculty, including adjunct faculty, within 3 years of faculty appointment, optometricresidents, and Advanced Practice Fellows at any school or college of optometry,irrespective of membership in BSK, are eligible to apply for a BSK Research Fellowship.

June 1 – Aug 1, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Career Development Award

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.

Eligible applicants must be optometrists at schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (or optometrists in other academic settings, such as Departments of Ophthalmology). The applicant must hold a full time academic appointment at the level of assistant or associate professor at their institution. Applicants with a prior NIH R01, R21, R34, or U10 award, NSF grant, or VA Career Development Award are ineligible.

LOI due 2/5/2018

 

Full proposal due 8/1/2018

 

Grant start Jan 2018[HV1]

American Academy of Optometry

Clinical Research Award

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.

Each research group must name an individual Academic Partner who has research experience and has published in refereed journals in the area of investigation.

All listed investigators (PI and co-investigators) must be Academy Fellows in good standing. Ideally 60% of the investigator group will be in clinical practice outside of an academic institution.

LOI due 3/30/18

 

Full proposal due 7/2/2018

 

Funds dispersed October 2018[HV2]

American Academy of Optometry

Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant

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.

The individual must possess an OD or relevant graduate degree and must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry, as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of applying for the award. The successful individual must have a demonstrable interest in either a clinical or basic science area of dry eye and may be a clinician, educator, researcher, or student.

May 1 – July 1, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Frederic Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant

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 2017.

The educational grant may be used to provide care, to support personnel, to provide equipment or to fill any other need in the field of low vision as identified by the institution and consistent with the AAOF mission.

Apr 1 – June 1, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation