ARVO Foundation Travel Grants

In 2002, the ARVO Foundation established and awarded its first travel grants. As of 2017, the Foundation has supported travel expenses for 864 researchers from around the world to report their work at the ARVO Annual Meeting. The Foundation currently offers 28 travel grants that support over 140 researchers annually.

Travel grants are awarded based on abstracts submitted to the ARVO Annual Meeting. Grants are awarded to the highest scored abstract meeting the travel grant criteria. No special application beyond submitting an abstract is necessary to be considered for a travel grant. View the history of travel grant recipients here

If you are interested in starting a named travel grant, please contact Amanda Johnson, Foundation Manager, at or 240-221-2950.

ARVO Staff Travel Grant is supported by the ARVO staff and given to a researcher with a high-scoring abstract that does not qualify for another travel grant.

ARVO Foundation Travel Grants are given to US and non-US researchers with high-scoring abstracts that do not qualify for other travel grants.

Elizabeth Anderson Travel Grants are in memory of Elizabeth Anderson. Mrs. Robert E. Anderson was always passionate about helping young researchers meet their role models, and these grants continues to provide opportunities to researchers in her name. The recipients must have an abstract reviewed and accepted for presentation by the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology or Retinal Cell Biology Section of ARVO in the areas of inherited retinal degeneration and macular degeneration.  

Joanne G. Angle Travel Grant is in memory of Joanne Angle, who served as the ARVO executive director for 22 years and was instrumental in making ARVO what it is today. Two travel grants are given to a young researcher from a developing country and one is given to a US researcher.

Grant Wood Balkema Memorial Travel Grant is in memory of Grant Wood Balkema, PhD, who was an associate professor at Boston College, and recognizes his dedication to undergraduates in biological and biochemical research. This grant is awarded to an undergraduate or junior graduate student.

Nicolas Bazan, MD Travel Grant supports researchers who reside and conduct research in Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, and who are members of the ARVO Argentina Chapter (AIVO).

IRCCS-Fondazione G. B. Bietti per lo Studio e la Ricerca in Oftalmologia-ONLUS Travel Grants support researchers who are citizens of Italy.  

Ramon F. Dacheux II Memorial Travel Grant is in memory of Ramon F. Dacheux, II, PhD, who was a professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). This grant is awarded to student researchers conducting basic science research.  

Marij and Paulus de Jong Travel Grant is awarded to a clinical retina researcher from a European country with a training level of MD resident or no more than two years since obtaining MD, with a PhD or completing PhD.  

M. Velma Dobson Memorial Travel Grant is in memory of M. Velma Dobson, PhD, FARVO, who dedicated herself to research on visual development of infants and children. This travel grant recognizes research on visual development of infants and children with or without eye disease.

C. Stephen and Frances B. Foster Foundation Travel Grant is awarded to a researcher working in ocular immunology and ocular inflammation/uveitis.  

Qais Farjo, MD Memorial Travel Grant is supported by EyeCRO and Rafal Farjo, PhD in memory of Qais Farjo, MD. This grant supports one graduate student and one post-doctoral researcher working in translational research.  

G. M. Jager Travel Grant is in memory of G. M. Jager, a specialist in retinal eye diseases, who is known for his discovery of the inheritance and retinal characteristics of X-linked retinoschisis. This travel grant recognizes researchers who reside and conduct research in an Eastern European Country.

Murray and Jeanie Johnstone Travel Grant is awarded to a researcher working in glaucoma.

Knights Templar Eye Foundation Travel Grants support U.S. researchers as well as international researchers from Austria, Brazil, Italy and Portugal.

Kowa Travel Grant is awarded to a researcher who has conducted research related to ocular immunology in Japan.  

Kreissig Travel Grant supports one international researcher.  

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Travel Grants support researchers working in the state of Florida. Five awards support researchers doing basic science research related to cornea, retina or cell transplantation or residents or corneal fellows doing cornea research, including clinical work providing it is related to corneal transplantation or eye banking.

Richard Newton Lolley Travel Grant is in memory of Richard Newton Lolley, PhD, whose contributions to vision research helped establish the biochemical and molecular pathway of cGMP metabolism in the photoreceptor and in our understanding of the importance of the delicate balance of the photoreceptor in health and disease. This grant is awarded to investigators conducting research in the U.S. related to photoreceptor signal transduction pathways.

Friederike Mackensen Travel Grant is in memory of Friederike Mackensen, MD. One award is given annually to a German female researcher under the age of 40 working in clinical research in ocular immunology.

NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre Travel Grant  recognizes investigators who reside and conduct research in England.  

Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation Travel Grant is awarded to an investigator conducting research in the U.S. related to ocular immunology.

Overseas Chinese Association for Vision and Eye Research (OCAVER) Travel Grant is given to a member of OCAVER who is enrolled full-time as research assistant or is an undergrad/postgrad student at research university.

Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation Travel Grants are awarded to researchers who have conducted low vision research.

Retina Research Foundation / Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grants  honor investigators conducting research in the U.S. on retinal applications.  

Santen, Inc. Travel Grants  support U.S. researchers.  

Josh Wallman Travel Grant is in memory of Josh Wallman, PhD, FARVO. It is presented to the best abstract on experimental myopia or research on the refractive development of the eye from a student or post-doctoral trainee presented through the AP, CL, VI, VN or EY sections.  

Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) Travel Grants  honor female investigators.  

Recent recipients

View the past ARVO Foundation Travel Grant recipients.

2018 Travel Grant timeline

ARVO Foundation Travel Grant application coincides with ARVO Annual Meeting abstract submission.

Abstract submission opens Oct. 2017
Abstract submission closes Dec. 2017
Recipients notified Feb. 2018