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Fighting Blindness Canada has contributed over $40 million to support vision research and education at hospitals and universities across Canada. Please see below for funding opportunities and research policies. To keep up to date with the latest research competitions please email to join our mailing list.

FBC Grant Opportunities


Letter of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2021, 5pm (EST)Download Letter of Intent Form
Full Application Deadline: July 22, 2021, 5pm (EST)Download Application Form | Download Budget Template

The goal of the 2021 Research Grant Competition is to fund research that advances Fighting Blindness Canada’s (FBC’s) mission to accelerate the development and availability of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. The program allows applications from all areas of vision research and will prioritize funding projects that have the greatest potential to advance FBC’s mission.

The program is open to independent investigators and/or research teams with a principal investigator from a Canadian institution and provides a budget of up to $100,000 a year for up to two years. Applications will be evaluated by a rigorous peer-review process based on scientific excellence and innovation, feasibility of the proposed work, track record of the investigator team and potential impact on individuals affected by blinding eye diseases.

More details about the competition and application process can be found in the 2021 Research Grant Competition Guide.

Please submit Letter of Intent and Application through the button below.

NOTE: If you experience difficulties submitting, please email your application directly to



Application Deadline: July 16, 2021, 5:00pm (EST) – Download Application Form

The goal of this competition is to raise funds for and awareness of vision research and inspire Canadians. Three early career vision researchers will be chosen to compete head-to-head at a live event for awards to support their research. Winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and an esteemed academy of online jurors. Think Dragon’s Den meets TedTalk!

More details about the competition and application process can be found in the Eye on the Cure Competition and Event Guide.

Note: If you are interested in submitting a single joint application with another eligible researcher, please contact for more details.




Registration Deadline: February 18, 2021 Download Registration of Interest Form
Full Application Deadline: April 1, 2021Download Application Form

Clinician-scientist play an essential role in developing new sight-saving treatments. FBC’s Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader (CSEL) Award aims to strengthen the community of clinician-scientists by enabling the next generation of clinicians to incorporate research into their careers.

This award will provide funding of up to $30,000 a year for two years to a clinician-scientist who has demonstrated an interest in developing a research career to complement their clinical practice. This competition is open to applications on any aspect of vision research with the potential to significantly impact the lives of people living with a blinding eye disease.

More details about the competition and application process can be found in the 2021 CSEL Competition Guide.

FBC Policies & Positions

Created and Implemented September 17, 2014

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) has implemented a patent rights policy for FBC-funded research. The policy can be downloaded here: PDF

Created March 22, 2010

Stem cell research holds promise for finding treatments for various retinal dystrophies. Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is committed to finding treatments for retinal dystrophies and supports stem cell research as per the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA), which became law in Canada in March 2004. The Act and its framework ensure the consistent and regulated conduct of research, which balances respect for human life and potential for modern science. FBC acknowledges the highly sensitive and ethical issues addressed by the Act concerning embryonic stem cell research, and supports efforts to identify alternative sources for therapeutic applications. FBC respects all points of view on this important topic.

For details about Assisted Human Reproduction in Canada visit

If you wish not to support embryonic stem cell research, your donation to FBC can be directed to alternative sources for therapeutic applications, such as gene therapy or to education and public awareness.

Created May 2007

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) does not provide funds for indirect costs associated with research. While FBC recognizes that these are indeed legitimate expenditures, we believe the funding of such costs is the responsibility of governments and/or research institutions – not donors.

Fighting Blindness Canada is a member in good standing of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC). All HCCC members abide by this funding policy. See the HCCC position statement on indirect costs.

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