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International Vision Research

Indo-US Vision Research Collaboration Educational Workshop

In 2005, the National Eye Institute and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) signed a cooperative agreement to undertake research focused on eye diseases and visual disorders of mutual interest. NEI and DBT offered an educational workshop on Friday, July 15, 2022, that provided information to researchers about applying for grants under the India Collaborative Vision Research Program. 

Funding opportunity announcements

Notice of Information: Parallel Funding Initiative for Collaborative Research Between Investigators in the USA and in the State of São Paulo,  Brazil

NIH and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, have signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage collaborative international research between investigators in the US and in the State of São Paulo. The two organizations will jointly fund projects involving international collaborative teams that cover any topic of mutual interest.

U.S.-India Collaborative Vision Research Program (R01)

Eye diseases and visual disorders including diabetic retinopathy as well as other genetic diseases are prevalent in the U.S. and India, and have been the focus of research for over 40 years.  Researchers have recently shown that studies using the genetic populations in India provide a unique resource that offers many advantages for studying genetic ophthalmic diseases.  India has a relatively large number of people with intracommunity and consanguineous marriages whose vision impairment can be traced to genetic or environmental causes, whereas, the U.S. excels in genomics, informatics, the execution of large-scale research, and observational studies.


Gyan “John” Prakash, Ph.D.
Associate Director for International Programs, National Eye Institute

Last updated: September 19, 2022