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

Applications are due by March 22, 2021.

2020 Grant Recipients

Doug Chung, PhD, UCLA Stein Eye Institute
Investigation of oxidative stress and inflammatory response in ex vivo corneal endothelial cells during cell culture and expansion

Elsayed Elbasiony, MD, MSc, Schepens Eye Research Institute
Efficacy of growth factors in promoting corneal endothelial cell survival during tissue storage and transplantation

Alfonso Iovieno, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, The BioFoundry at UBC
Development of novel hybrid co-polymer for corneal stromal tissue engineering

Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Nanoparticle Technology for Improving Corneal Graft Survival 

Kenten Kingsbury, BS, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
Proteomic Validation of Diabetic Corneal Endothelial Cell Matrix

Sung Lee, BSc, Lions Gift of Sight
Evaluation of alamarBlue as an “in-situ” Endothelial Cell Viability Assay in Preloaded DMEK grafts. 

Whitney Stuard, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The Temporal Effects of Cold Storage and Re-warming on Mitochondrial Fitness in Donor Corneal Endothelium