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About the program

In 2012, Bayer launched the Global Ophthalmology Awards Program (GOAP) with the aim of advancing the scientific understanding and clinical management of retinal ophthalmic disorders. Through grants supporting research and training in ophthalmology, the program seeks to provide opportunities for treatment improvement and to encourage ophthalmologists to further develop their skills in the management of retinal disorders.

 Dates and Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in applying for the GOAP from Bayer. This program represents our continuing commitment to taking the next steps to help people with ophthalmic diseases to enjoy a better quality of life and treatment options. Please note that priority will be given to projects related to the 2019 research focus of biomarkers and phenotyping for retinal disease progression.

Applications will be processed solely through the internet, and all applications must be submitted in English.

As a first step, applicants should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed project in 500 words or 800 words depending on the type of award they are applying for.

LOIs will be reviewed by all members of the Grants Review and Awards Committee (GRAC). In some cases, additional information may be requested.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal that will be reviewed by at least two members of the GRAC. These applicants will be emailed a Full Proposal application form.

The results of the review process and funding decisions will be communicated to applicants in August. Funded applicants must sign a letter of acceptance and enter into an agreement outlining obligations and understandings prior to disbursement of funds.

The table below summarises the application timelines for 2019.

Dates and deadlines 2019


Dates and deadlines

 LOI submission deadline

 February 1, 2019

 GRAC reviews LOIs

 February/March, 2019

 Applicants informed of decision

 April, 2019

 Applicants develop Full Proposals

 April/May, 2019

 Full Proposal submission deadline

 May 15, 2019

 GRAC reviews Full Proposals

 June/July, 2019

 Applicants notified of GRAC decisions

 August, 2019

 Funding available

 December 2019*

*Subject to contract signature
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