The David R. Hinton MD Scholarship Program

Download program guidelines and sample application

Introduction
The Executive Committee of the Ryan Initiative for Macular Research (“RIMR”) created the David R. Hinton MD Scholarship Program to honor the memory of David R. Hinton, MD, FARVO and acknowledge his many contributions to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research, his commitment to the RIMR Program, and his passion for mentoring the next generation of researchers.

The Hinton Scholarship will provide funding for early-career vision researchers to attend a RIMR Conference. The first scholarships to be awarded will be for the 2023 RIMR Conference (March 28-30, 2023).

The David R. Hinton MD Scholarship Program
RIMR Conferences bring physicians and scientists together to identify important unanswered questions surrounding atrophic AMD and to spark new, interdisciplinary research.

RIMR Conferences normally have eight breakout groups, each focused on a different topic. Typically, invitations to attend RIMR are extended to approximately 100 well-established researchers in relevant fields. Attending a RIMR Conference will afford an early-career researcher the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with the invited participants during breakout group meetings, meals, and networking time.

Hinton Scholarships may be awarded for each Conference on a competitive basis; eight Hinton Scholarships will be awarded in a typical year, but the number may vary each year.

Eligibility
Researchers from academic institutions who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing research in atrophic age-related macular degeneration research may apply.

Applicants may be clinician/scientists or basic science researchers in a field that is relevant to the scientific challenges of AMD. An MD, PhD, or equivalent is required. Applicants must be able to provide a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with their work.

Individuals’ current academic title should be Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Fellow, Research Scientist, Assistant Professor or equivalent. Those with associate or full professorships or titles such as Chair, Head, Dean, or Emeritus are ineligible.

Applicants must be available to travel to Irvine, CA for the RIMR Conference on March 28-30, 2023.

Scholarship Amount and Terms
Scholarships amounts will vary, based on each Recipient’s travel costs.

Doheny Eye Institute will pay vendors directly for Recipients’ coach-class travel, ground transportation, meals at the conference, and lodging at the conference hotel. Recipients will be reimbursed  for incidental expenses on travel days, including:

  1. Airport parking, and mileage or transit fare between home and originating airport. Daily round trip mileage between home and venue for local participants.
  2. Valet parking at the hotel for local participants who drive their personal vehicles to the meeting.
  3. Taxi or rideshare fares to/from John Wayne Orange County airport (SNA) to venue or hotel.
  4. Tips to drivers, hotel maids, bellmen, and valets.
  5. Dinner on the free night of the meeting (not to exceed the maximum listed in the conference travel policy).

Scholarship awards will be made to individuals, not to institutions, and each Recipient must sign an award agreement (sample attached).

Scholarships are not transferrable and may not be carried over from one year to another. Unused scholarships are forfeited.

Application Timeline
An email will be sent to past RIMR Conference participants encouraging them to forward the scholarship program information and application to interested and qualified candidates in their institution or in other institutions. There are no restrictions on forwarding.

All applications must be completed by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 30, 2022. The application site will be deactivated at that time, and only information received by 3:00 p.m. will be reviewed by the committee. Late applications will not be accepted.

The  Scholarship Review Committee will review the applications in October 2022, and applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than November 30, 2022.

Application Process
Scholarship applications must be submitted via the online form. (https://rimr.doheny.org/hinton) Applications will not be accepted by email or postal mail.