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DBT announces India-U.S. Collaborative Vision Research Program Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications from US and Indian institution as bilateral collaborations,which will advance science and technology important to understanding, preventing, and treating blinding eye diseases. 

By Team ABLE

Recognizing that continuing collaborative research focused on eye diseases and visual disorders would be of mutual benefit to the U.S. and India, the National Eye Institute (NEI), the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and a Joint Working Group (JWG) developed a strategic plan for collaborations and to facilitate the expedited review and clearance of proposed bilateral projects. Both the NEI and the DBT have pledged funds to support joint activities pursued under this bilateral program. Several eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, AMD, and glaucoma are complex and influenced by multiple genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors including family, nutrition, and exposure to toxins.

Applications are encouraged from organization/institutions that propose to conduct research on the basic biology and/or genetics of ophthalmic diseases through collaborations with Indian investigators on the following: diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, including rare and genetic diseases such as congenital cataracts, as well as other eye conditions such as ocular inflammation/uveitis, refractive error, low vision, and corneal injury. Basic, translational, or epidemiological research maybe proposed. Clinical trials will not be supported under this FOA. 

This funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Multiple Principal Investigator (Multi-PD/PI) applications from United States (U.S.) and Indian institution as bilateral collaborations that will advance science and technology important to understanding, preventing, and treating blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, and their complications. 

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) September 12, 2018 Application Due Date(s) for submission to DBT November 12, 2018 by 5:00 pm local time. Background Scientific collaborations between the U.S. and India have been successfully conducted for several years under a variety of bilateral agreements.