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The Global Ophthalmology Awards Program demonstrates Bayer's commitment to the ophthalmology community and to advancing state of the art ophthalmic care. As award decisions are taken by the independent Grants Review and Awards Committee, and based on an applicant’s merit and eligibility, all decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

 Fellowship Project Award

The Fellowship Project Award is a mentored award intended to facilitate the development of research and clinical expertise in the field of retinal ophthalmology. This award is for applicants who have completed ophthalmology training and wish to work on a specific research project as part of their training to become a retinal specialist. Applicants need to demonstrate how they can combine their research project and training activities in an integrated manner. The major part of the award must be applied to the chosen research project.

The criteria by which applications will be judged include:

  • Merit - Suitability of the applicant and the rationale for the clinical program being pursued
  • Innovation - Strength of the study design and planned activities outside of normal clinical duties
  • Impact - Whether the specified outcomes of the research proposal can be expected within the one-year time frame of the award
  • Environment - Quality of the research environment

Fellowship Project Awards will provide funding of up to US$50,000 per award for one year in the majority of cases. Additional funding will be considered, but must be justified.

Payment must be made to the awardee's institution rather than directly to the awardee. The majority of the funding will be made available at the start of the one year project, with the remainder provided at the end of the project. Receipt of satisfactory interim progress and financial reports are necessary before payment of subsequent instalments are made.

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