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US Dept of Defense – Vision Research Program

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US Dept of Defense – Vision Research Program


Current Vision Research Program Focus Areas
  • Eye injury or visual dysfunction as related to military exposure. Examples of military exposure may include, but are not limited to:
    • Blast, penetrating, blunt, thermal, or chemical trauma
    • Trauma caused by directed energy weapons such as laser, high-power microwaves, particle beams, and ionizing radiation
  • Diagnosis, stabilization, and treatment of eye injuries in austere environments and prolonged field care settings
  • Restoration of visual function after military exposure-related vision loss or severe visual impairment

Clinical Trial Award – W81XWH-22-VRP-CTA – up to USD$1.6M over 3 years – supports the rapid implementation of early-phase clinical trials of new interventions to service-related eye injury and visual dysfunction
Investigator-Initiated Research Award – W81XWH-22-VRP-IIRA – Funding Level 1 – up to USD$260,000 over 2 years for exploratory, high-risk/high-reward research in the earliest stages of development – Funding Level 2 – up to USD$750,000 over 3 years for the advancement of more mature research that has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation
Translational Research Award – W81XWH-22-VRP-TRA – up to USD$1M over 3 years for translational research that moves promising laboratory research into clinical applications.
– pre-applications close 15 July 2022