submit all the necessary documents (shown below) in pdf format to Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
by the deadline stated below.
The submission window opens February 1, 2018 and closes April 1, 2018.
- Applicant must be a student member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). To learn more, visit the Student Membership page.
- A copy of a current CV/resume
- A 1-page statement describing past and present educational and research achievements, future educational objectives, and long-term career goals in the areas of cornea and contact lens research
- An up to 2-page summary of the proposed research project. Include a summary of the relevant background/rationale and hypotheses, purpose, methods (including planned analyses), and budget (including any cost-share or additional funding mechanisms). If a renewal application, provide a detailed description of the project over the previous funding cycle.
- If any submitted or published papers, submit copies of no more than three best representations of your work. One may include abstracts but only if they are citable.
- A letter from the Dean, Associate Dean for Research, or authorized official stating applicant has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Vision Science/Physiological Optics MS or PhD program at a School/College of Optometry and that any funds received from the AAOF will go only in support the proposed project and not decrease any academic financial support.
- A letter from a research supervisor/mentor describing their support of the described project and educational advancement of the applicant during the award period.
Proposals will be reviewed by a group of Cornea and Contact Lens Section Diplomates, chosen by Section Chair, for approval by the AAOF Programs Advisory Committee and AAOF Board.
Funds support research conducted for a period of one year. Recipients must submit a 2-page progress report detailing the scientific knowledge gained during the funding period and how this information was/will be communicated (e.g. publication, presentation) to the AAOF at the end of the award period. Recipients are encouraged to submit a manuscript to Optometry and Vision Science.
The AAOF is a non-profit organization and our policy is not to cover any overhead/indirect costs associated with research awards or any other of our programs. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients.
It is the standard policy of the AAOF that program recipients who receive, as part of their award, a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot also receive a second or duplicate travel stipend to the same meeting from the Foundation or its parent organization, the AAO.
All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF 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 will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.
Please direct any questions about this program to: AAOF Foundation Program Manager, Jennifer Rubin at: AAOF@aaoptom.org or call 321-319-4870.