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About Our Partnership

The National Center for Excellence in Fighting Blindness, a Gund-Harrington Initiative

Foundation Fighting Blindness and Harrington Discovery Institute have partnered to form the National Center for Excellence in Fighting Blindness, a Gund-Harrington Initiative. This initiative is focused on accelerating the translation of research findings in inherited retinal degenerative diseases (IRD) with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies to prevent, treat or cure blindness.

This initiative seeks to award Gund-Harrington Scholar Awards that recognize innovators in the U.S. and Canada whose research has the potential to advance standard of care.

There is an average of three awards per year, which will be restricted to researchers working at institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Applications from institutions outside these two countries are not accepted.

The Gund-Harrington Scholar Award provides funding for translational drug development and cell therapy along with non-financial project support to help bridge the gap between laboratory-based research and the clinic.

Learn more about the scholars and their research.