Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research

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Funding or Award Criteria
The Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research is intended to reward individuals who are making significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research.  The recipient will receive a total of $500,000 along with a commemorative medallion.


  • The nominee must be
    • a tenured M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with an appointment in a basic science department in a U.S. Institution;
    • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the 
United States;
    • recognized as a leader in their field of scientific expertise as well as actively engaged in vision research.
    • actively engaged in vision research or research which may be applied to the vision sciences.
  • The nominee’s research must
    • show demonstrated success in the number of people who have actually or will potentially benefit by the research.
    • be novel, original and the underlying fundamental character of the technical idea or concept must be identified.
    • show how the research has removed fundamental barriers or constraints to incremental improvements and refinement or that it embodies wholly new scientific principles.
    • show potential result in transformative breakthroughs in vision research.
  • A commitment of 50% of the nominee’s time to further this research is required following the receipt of funding, to be used over a two-year period.

Applicable Field(s)
Vision research

Number of Nominees Allowed
Not limited submission

VPR Required Documents

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Nominee(s) Selected to Advance