CooperVision has issued a call for submissions for its Science and Technology Awards (S&T Awards) Programme.
Now in its fifth year and hosted annually, the contact lens manufacturer is seeking proposals in three specific areas of research. These include research on visual fatigue associated with the use of digital devices; strategies to improve ocular surface and contact lens comfort; and technologies to expand the functionality of contact lenses for applications beyond conventional vision correction.
Speaking about the awards programme, chief technology officer at CooperVision, Arthur Back, explained: “The contact lens advancements underpinning CooperVision’s outstanding product portfolio are the result of both our own and external technologies. We are constantly looking for the next innovation, to accelerate the discovery of new technology.”
He continued: “Those innovative ideas born from past S&T Awards have already transformed our approach to helping improve the way people see each day. We are excited to see this year’s proposals and partner with these new scientists to work toward bringing their concepts to life.”
The programme is open to researchers from around the world, with two types of awards available. The first is the CooperVision Seedling Award, which was established to encourage collaboration between a practitioner and CooperVision on a new area of research for one year, with a maximum grant of $100,000. The second is the CooperVision Translational Research Award, a multi-year grant for a substantive translational research project, with funding for two years of up to $400,000.
Researchers interested in applying for either of the awards should submit a letter of intent by 26 May, with applicants submitting a full proposal by 25 August. For more information and to apply, visit the CooperVision website.