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. The recipients are selected during the Annual Meeting in June and the grants are awarded in July.

Below is a list of suggested tips that should be considered in your planning, format, and execution when submitting your proposal.

  • 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 2020 application cycle is closed and the recipients will be announced at the end of June.

2019 Grant Recipients

Martin de la Presa, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota/ MN Lions Cornea Research Program
Organosilane Coating of DMEK Injectors to Reduce Endothelial Cell Loss in Preloaded DMEK Grafts

Matthew Feng, MD, VisionFirst
A Resistance-Sensing Mechanical Injector for the Dissection of Descemet Membrane from Posterior Stroma

Roheena Kamyar, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The Role of Antifungal Synergism for Prophylaxis in Corneal Storage Medium

Darryl Nishimura, PhD, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
Influence of Corneal Storage Media on the Health of Donor Corneal Endothelial Cells

Christopher Sales, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medical College
Efficacy of Amphotericin B in Preventing Fungal Growth in Corneal Preservation Media After Frozen Storage

Roholah Sharifi, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Covalent Functionalization of PMMA Surface with Gelatin to Enhance its Biocompatibility and Adhesion to Corneal Tissue

Maxime Ruiz, PhD, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Identifying Specific Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells (LESC) Extracellular MicroRNAs for Improved Characterization of Cellular Therapy Product to Treat Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD)