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The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation offers research and education grants to further our efforts in finding a cure for Coats’ Disease.


The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation supports medical research specific to Coats’ Disease and other retinal diseases which may lead to a cure or improve treatments and understanding of the pathophysiology for Coats’ Disease. The Foundation encourages research and, when applicable, collaboration among researchers working in the area of Coats’ Disease. We support clinical or basic research. Examples of research focus include, but are not limited to: screening for Coats’ Disease; treatment to prevent vision loss from macular exudation; pathophysiology of vascular pathology in Coats’; vision protection and rehabilitation; assessment of vision loss in children with Coats’; and vision restoration.

Applications will be considered by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) based on scientific merit and the alignment with the goals and priorities of the Foundation.  Proposals will also be accepted from Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Researchers.

Learn more and apply for a Research Grant here.



Since 2006, the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation has been working to support the medical community’s efforts to investigate the causes of and to improve treatments for Coats’ Disease, with the goal of finding a cure.  We offer Education Grants for junior Fellows and researchers to attend one of several conferences:

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting
Advances in Pediatric Retina (APR) Course
Retina Society Meeting
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The Education Grants will support travel and registration to in-person conferences or registration fees to attend virtual conferences. By sponsoring new professionals to attend retina meetings, we hope to raise awareness about the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation and to encourage research into this disease.

Learn more and apply for an Education Grant here.