AECOS European Research Award 2016 - Closing date for entries

The closing date for entries to the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) 2016 European Research Award is the 15th April 2016.  The Award provides a research grant of €20,000 and was created by the AECOS European organisation as a special interest project for promoting original research in the field of ophthalmology.

The Award recognises and supports the efforts of young researchers who are committed to investigative work in critical areas, specifically supporting a wide range of clinical and/or basic research projects related to anterior segment therapy (conservative and/or surgical).

It was created to accelerate discovery by providing support during the execution of early research and will enable rapid validation of concept while generating evidential research required for additional funding through subsequent financial partners. 

The standard of Irish research entries has been exceptionally high in the past. In 2015, two Irish applicants finished in 2nd and 3rd place; with 2nd place just one vote short of the eventual winner.  The award attracts entries from beginner to the most accomplished and experienced researchers.

The AECOS European Award Committee will review all applications and present their recommendations to the AECOS European Executive Committee for final decision.

The successful candidate will be notified no later than 15 May 2016. The Award Ceremony will take place during the 2016 AECOS European Symposium in Rome on 23-26 June where the award recipient will present a brief overview of the research project.

The recipient will return to also present a brief update on research results and project status at the 2017 AECOS European Symposium.

Funds from the AECOS European Research Award:

• may be used toward equipment costs and/or materials required for the experiment,

• may be used to defray the cost of travel and/or accommodation required for travel to the research facility,

• does not provide for salaries or stipends.

For more information or to download an application form, visit

Application Form

24th February 2016