Ocular tissue plays a critical role in helping researchers understand and find new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases
Meeting your research needs
Eversight provides more than 3,000 tissues for research and education annually. We work to understand your specific research objectives to ensure you receive the tissue you need. Our dedicated team is trained to recover tissue under strict time and environmental conditions to preserve the integrity of precious biological specimens. Eversight offers comprehensive donor medical, ocular and social history information with serology results upon request. Tissue available for research includes: whole eye, posterior pole, cornea, conjunctiva, lens, retina, limbal scleral rim remnant. Additional tissue types and preservation techniques available upon request.
A testimonial from University of Illinois College of Medicine physician Dr. Ali Djalilian on the vital importance of Eversight tissue to his research.
Read why Dr. Djalilian is partnering with us
Eversight grants reveal a world of possibility
Eversight has awarded more than $4 million since 1980 to support meaningful vision research. We invite proposals from investigators at our partner institutions for funding promising research projects concerned with vision problems with a special emphasis on projects utilizing human ocular tissue or research related to corneal surgery, corneal disease and innovation in eye banking practices.
Submission process & award schedule
The Eye & Vision Research Grant Program accepts applications for the 2024 grant cycle July 10-Sept. 22, 2023. The program provides funding to emerging and established investigators for new and pioneering research. Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded and are intended as seed money to develop promising foundational research, collect initial data and conduct laboratory work.
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The Eye & Vision Research Grant Program has awarded grants to leading researchers at institutions including Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Wayne State University, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago and more.
Past grant recipients
Partnering with surgeons and researchers to find new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases
The Eversight Innovations department seeks to strengthen our capabilities by improving research tissue quality and distribution, launching new clinical service lines and developing novel ways to integrate innovative ideas into eye banking practice. Our goal is to further our mission of preserving and restoring sight and share our expertise with the greater eye banking and ophthalmology communities. Through collaboration and consultation with Eversight clinical leadership, medical directors, external research partners and stakeholders we are able to focus our efforts on the most rewarding projects.
Areas of focus
Optimization: Activities related to testing and improving existing technology in order to re-introduce improved operational lines of service or products.
Discovery: Activities related to discovering and studying new ideas, including pre-clinical investigation of potential new service lines or products.
Outreach: Activities related to providing seed grant funding and tissue to help develop and conduct research projects with our partners, many of which may align with internal research and development performed at Eversight and provide early identification of original ideas.