Funding Opportunities

The McPherson ERI is pleased to present the following funding opportunities for our members and trainees.

These specific funding opportunities are designed to complement existing intramural and extramural grant programs, to explore new ideas, and to address unmet needs in vision research, with an emphasis on collaborative work and support of junior faculty and trainees.


MEMBERS


Apply Now: Grant Summit Program
If you have recently applied for a vision-related federal grant that was scored but not funded, you are eligible for up to $10,000 for in funding for one year to gather additional data in support of a grant resubmission of the application. Guidelines & application

Apply Now: COVID Member Support
Funding is available for the purchase of supplies/software/services/etc. that will help members and their labs navigate challenges specifically related to the pandemic. There is a limit of $500 per request. Applications will be reviewed individually on a first-come, first-serve basis until designated funds are exhausted. Guidelines & application

Fall 2022: Walsh Graduate Student Support Initiative
In 2021, one grant of $12,000, generously supported by the David G. Walsh Fellowship Endowment, will be awarded to support a graduate student for one year. This funding may be used for tuition remission or other forms of graduate student support except attendance at meetings/conferences.

Winter 2022: Visiting Scholar Awards
These $2000 awards are given annually to enable members to host a visiting scholar with a goal of facilitating lasting collaborations and/or training in support of broad vision-related research including bioengineering, technology development, imaging, data visualization, cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience, ophthalmology, and general biology of the eye.

Spring 2023: Expanding Our Vision
Awards with a maximum budget of $10,000 each, for one year, will be given to advance vision-related research in the following areas: visual communication, visual cognition, visual perception/performance, data visualization, development of novel imaging techniques for the visual system, computer sciences, and/or bioinformatics.


TRAINEES


Apply Now: COVID Trainee Support
Funding is available for trainees engaged in vision research to attend virtual conferences and training programs to support their vision-related research and/or career development during the pandemic. There is a limit of $250 per request. Applications will be reviewed individually on a first-come, first-serve basis until designated funds are exhausted. Guidelines & application

Apply Now: StoryForm Science Communication Course
This award sponsors six McPherson ERI trainees in attending the StoryForm Science Communication course offered each summer. Applications due June 6, 2022. To apply, click here.

Spring 2022: Shapiro Summer Intern Match
This award, supported by the Dan and Ellie Albert Fund, provides matching funds ($2000) for medical student summer vision-related research.

Fall 2022: Walsh Research Travel Awards
These $1000 awards, supported by the David G. Walsh Research Fellowship Fund, are given twice annually, once in the fall and once in the spring, to enable trainees to attend conferences in their field.

Fall 2022: Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Awards
In honor of a remarkable young woman whose family has been integral in research fundraising, up to four $5000 grants will be offered in 2021 to advance vision research in McPherson ERI member labs. They also augment professional development and provide grant writing experience to trainees.

Winter 2022: Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship Award
One project in vision sciences is sponsored each year ($3000 to the undergraduate student; $1000 to the faculty mentor).

Spring 2023: Walsh Research Travel Awards
These $1000 awards, supported by the David G. Walsh Research Fellowship Fund, are given twice annually, once in the fall and once in the spring, to enable trainees to attend conferences in their field.

Guidelines & Applications


For more information, or for a fillable application, please email info@vision.wisc.edu.


Grant Summit Program

COVID Member Support

Visiting Scholar Awards

Expanding Our Vision

Walsh Graduate Student Support Initiative


COVID Trainee Support

StoryForm Science Course

Walsh Research Travel Awards

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship Award

Shapiro Summer Intern Match

Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Award