The Letter of Intent
Prospective applicants should submit a letter of intent (LOI) for the purpose of defining the applicant’s eligibility. The LOI must stipulate that the principal investigator (PI) and all co-investigators are Academy Fellows in good standing and specify all practice location/affiliations.
In a given application cycle, an applicant (PI) can only submit one LOI and upon eligibility approval, one proposal. Additional LOIs or proposals from the same PI per funding cycle will not be considered.
The LOI will be reviewed by the review committee. If the LOI meets with their approval, a notice will be sent to the applicant PI inviting the submission of a full proposal.
The LOI must be no more than 5 pages and should include the following:
- Study Objectives and Research Question/Hypothesis: Describe the objectives of the study, and the research question/hypothesis posed.
- Rationale for Proposed Research: Briefly describe what important clinical problem the research project is addressing and how the proposed study achieves the purpose of the American Academy of Optometry Clinical Research Award.
- Description of Methods: Provide an overview of the proposed study design and methods.
- Names and CVs of the Academic Partner, Principal Investigator, Research Team: List key members of the research project team, including consultants, with a description of each member’s role in the project and their affiliations/appointments.
- Budget overview
Download the full description (Word).
Submission of the Completed Application
The LOI and full application should be sent as a PDF via email to Helen Viksnins at the Academy office.
Awardees will be announced at the 2019 annual meeting awards ceremony.