Each year, the EBAA awards the Pilot Research Grants to fund proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to eye banking and/or corneal transplantation. Preference is given to pilot projects, well-defined short-term protocols, and initial studies directed toward new research initiatives.
Multiple grants of $7,500 each will be awarded. The recipients are selected during the Annual Meeting in June and the grants are awarded in July.
Maximum of $7,500 per proposal (Multiple proposals will be funded.)
- Physicians, including corneal surgeons, and other eye care specialists
- Basic scientists, including biomedical and social scientists
- Eye-bank technicians, nurses, post-graduate fellows, ophthalmology residents, and medical students who are supervised by a physician or basic scientist associated with an eye bank or academic institution
The application deadline is March 18, 2024.
2023 Grant Recipients
Peter Bedard, MS, Lions Gift of Sight
Efficacy of WNT/beta-catenin Pathway Stimulation using a WNT Surrogate Antibody for Promoting Rapid Corneal Re-epithelialization after High-Risk Penetrating Keratoplasty
Doug Chung, PhD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Characterizing the Transcriptomic Profiles of Cultured Ex Vivo Corneal Endothelial Cells Treated with Mitochondria-Targeted Antioxidants during Cell Expansion
Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota
DEKS Sub Study of Automated Software for Analyzing Area of Cell Loss
Fangfang Qui, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine
The Efficacy of Local Adoptive Transfer of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Improving Allograft Survival in High-Risk Rejection Corneal Transplantation
Divya Srikumaran, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Expression of Pro- vs. Anti-Angiogenic Mediators in Anterior Segment Neovascular Disease
Leejee Suh, MD, Columbia University, Harkness Eye Institute
Use of 222nm UV Light for Corneal Donor Tissue: a Study of Antimicrobial Efficacy Against Fungi and Parasites and Safety Profile for Corneal Tissue