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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.

The goal of the Science and Technology Award Program is to bring award recipients and CooperVision scientists together to explore new areas of technology advancement. Proposed research should demonstrate significant potential for research discoveries and the rapid commercialization of technological advancements within CooperVision key focus areas for 2018.  We recognize and highly value the need to find the best ideas that have the potential to deliver benefits to people across the globe.

FY2018 Focus Area

  • Research on visual fatigue associated with use of digital devices; including characterization of ocular signs and symptoms, root cause, triggers, and individual susceptibility
  • Strategies to improve ocular surface and contact lens comfort; emphasis on:
    • novel devices
    • non-pharmaceutical therapies
    • approaches / mechanisms for controlled delivery
  • Technologies to expand the functionality of contact lenses for applications beyond conventional vision correction

FY2018 S&T Award Announcement

Types of Award

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.

Applicants must submit a LOI before May 26, 2017.  If the LOI is accepted, applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal. 

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Proposal Submission

Upon approval of the Letter of Intent (LOI), applicants may submit a full proposal. The complete proposal must be submitted by the deadline August 25, 2017.

Click 'Apply' below to access the application process for the CooperVision Science and Technology Award, FY2018.


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