Research Award

We put ideas into action.

CooperVision is dedicated to raising the bar on product excellence and creating the next generation of contact lenses. To accomplish this, we maintain a strong commitment to advanced research and development.

In keeping with this purpose, we are proud to continue the CooperVision Science and Technology (S&T) Award Program. The goal of the Award Program is to bring award recipients and CooperVision scientists together to explore new areas of technology advancement. We recognize and highly value the need to find the best ideas that have the potential to deliver benefits to people across the globe.

To this end, these awards will bring the best ideas forward to enable the transition of concepts into real-world solutions. Proposed research should demonstrate significant potential for research discoveries and the rapid commercialization of technological advancements within CooperVision key focus area for 2016.

Click 'download' below for the FY2016 Science and Technology Award Program Announcement.


FY2016 Focus Areas

The key focus area for FY2016 are:

  • Approaches to improve contact lens discomfort including intervention and management strategies
  • Technologies to enhance the functionality of contact lenses beyond conventional vision correction

Award Types

Research proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages. For this purpose, two types of awards are offered:

CooperVision Seedling Award

The CooperVision Seedling Award is intended to incentivize collaborations with CooperVision in a new research area for a one year period. The maximum total cash amount for a CooperVision seedling is $100,000.

CooperVision Translational Research Award

The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project with funding over two years, totaling up to $400,000.

Applicant Eligibility

Any researcher with Principal Investigator (PI) status holding a MD, OD, or PhD is eligible to apply. Applicants, such as postdoctoral fellows, with a waiver of PI status must submit appropriate documentation before funding can be received.

To Apply

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants must submit a LOI before May 22, 2015.  If the LOI is accepted, applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal.    

Proposal Submission

Upon approval of the LOI, applicants may submit a full proposal. The complete proposal must be submitted by the deadline August 14, 2015.

Click 'Apply' below to access the application process for the CooperVision Science and Technology Award, FY2016.

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