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Velux Stiftung: Call for Ophthalmology Research in LMICs

Call for interdisciplinary biomedical research projects and institutional research capacity building projects in LMICs. Apply before 31 May 2022.

Velux Stiftung

Velux Stiftung is convinced that developing and strengthening research capacity for biomedical ophthalmology research in LMICs according to the local needs will enable independent, research in a sustainable manner. This will in turn empower LMICs to address local challenges and develop adapted solutions. Capacity building for research is therefore a central aspect in the program.

The call for proposals 2022 at a glance:

Thematic focus:

  • Interdisciplinary biomedical research projects in ophthalmology aiming to develop and assess new diagnostic, prevention, or treatment methods for eye diseases adapted to the local context and environment of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Institutional research capacity building projects: projects aiming at sustainably building, developing, or reinforcing institutional structures enabling biomedical ophthalmology research.
  • Projects combining both aspects are welcome.

Duration of the projects: 1 to 4 years.

Scale of funding: from CHF 50’000 to CHF 100’000 per year, for one to four years, with at least 50% of the funding to be used in LMICs.

Partnerships: invited to apply are consortia of research groups with at least one partner based in a LMIC. The involvement of a Swiss partner in the consortium is welcome. A partner in a high-income country is however not mandatory. Most of the research should take place in one or several LMICs.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Final decision: November 2022

Further information and submission


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