Notification, 22 February 2019: All applicants, please note the following change to p.6 of the ORIA 2020 Application Guidelines

17 Qualifications and experience of the chief investigator and co-investigators

A two page CV (listing track record of research as per the NHMRC) for each investigator and the supervisor of a new investigator, including publications over the last ten years, clearly indicating those publications where the ORIA has contributed funding towards the work. Only published papers or those accepted for publication should be included. The same font size (12) as in the main grant proposal should be used for the CV. Any more than two pages will not be considered and all pages after the second page will be removed.

The application round for research grants for 2020 is now open

Applications for research grants are sought from ophthalmologists, trainee ophthalmologists, University Departments (or equivalent) of Ophthalmology or ophthalmic research institutes.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 May 2019. Each grant is peer reviewed by ORIA’s Research Advisory Committee and applicants will be notified of the outcome during November at RANZCO’s Congress in Sydney, NSW.

Download a copy of Application Guidelines 2020 here.

For further information contact RANZCO Research and Grants Officer Margaret Lum at or through the RANZCO switchboard on +61 2 9690 1001.

ORIA Chief Executive Anne Dunn-Snape steps down

After many years of dedicated service, ORIA CEO Anne Dunn-Snape has today retired from her role. Anne’s tireless work for ORIA has helped us to deliver against our objective of promoting research into the causes of eye disease and the prevention of blindness. During Anne’s tenure, millions of dollars has been distributed in the form of ORIA grants for projects that have, and will continue to, advance eye research.

We thank Anne for her service and wish her well in her retirement.
Moving forward, the administrative services for ORIA will be provided by RANZCO, with the ORIA Board continuing to oversee the running of the organisation. The main first point of contact for ORIA will be Margaret Lum, RANZCO Grants and Research Officer, who can be contacted on or through the switchboard on 02 9690 1001.

ORIA receives significant bequest to fund research into macular degeneration

The ORIA was thrilled to learn of the generosity of Mr Richard Humbley who sadly died towards the end of 2014.  As part of his estate, Mr Humbley stipulated the formation of the Richard and Ina Humbley Foundation with the sole beneficiary being the ORIA.  The income from this Foundation will be used in the future to support the ORIA’s annual funded research into macular degeneration in the hope of both assisting in alieviating symptoms for sufferers of the disease, and helping to add to the knowledge in finding a cure.  We are indebted to the Humbleys and, along with the Trustees of the Richard and Ina Humbley Foundation, proud to carry out their wishes.

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