Pilot Research Grant

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.

Grant Details

Award Amount

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
Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 18, 2022.

2021 Grant Recipients

Anthony Aldave, MD, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Does COVID-19 Vaccination Increase the Risk of Corneal Transplant Rejection?

Alfonso L. Sabater, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
A Novel Dual-Chamber Vial for Corneal Preservation 

Onkar Sawant, PhD, Eversight
S-Nitrosylation (SNO) Therapy to Fortify Corneal Storage Media

Bryce Shonka, BS, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
Preventing Preservation-Associated Oxidative Damage in Donor Corneal Endothelial Cells

Shameema Sikder, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute
DMEK Donor Graft Preparation Proficiency: Development and Evaluation of an Assessment Tool

Divya Srikumaran, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute
Patient- and Surgeon-Level Factors Associated with Early Re-Grafts after Endothelial Keratoplasty: Analysis of a National Medicare Claims Dataset

Ching Yuan, PhD, CEBT, Lions Gift of Sight
Identification of SARS-CoV-2 Cell-Entry Inhibitors Using Corneal Cells

Madeline Yung, MD, UC Davis Eye Center
Induction of Antimicrobial Peptide Expression by Andrographolide in Human Donor Corneas