Core Grants, National Eye Institute (NEI): The primary objective of Core Grants for Vision Research is to provide groups of investigators who have achieved independent National Eye Institute (NEI) funding with additional, shared support to enhance their own and their institution’s capability for conducting vision research.

Secondary objectives of this program include facilitating collaborative studies and attracting other scientists to research on the visual system.

Core Grants are subdivided generally into discrete units or modules, with each devoted to a specific activity that would be impractical or less-efficient to support on an individual research project grant. The primary purpose of each module is to support a service or resource that enhances or facilitates the research efforts of a group of investigators, each having independent NEI funding. Some sharing of Core Grant resources and services with other NIH-funded collaborators and with investigators new to vision research is encouraged.

There are several modules currently supported by the CORE Grant: Gene Delivery Module, Microscopic Imaging Module, Software Development Module, and Translational Research Module. These modules can be shared by various groups. The Modules cooperate with one another, and they are also designed to introduce Vision Science researchers to some of the unique resources that are available on the UC Berkeley campus, including facilities in nanotechnology, fMRI, and other optical imaging resources. The contact information for each module is given below, along with links to more information about the purpose of each module.








Gene Delivery Module

Contact: Mei Li

Room 592, Minor Hall, School of Optometry






Imaging & Instrumentation Module

Contact: Ben Smith

Room 195 LSA, School of Optometry






Software Module

Contact: Akhila Raman

Room 592, Minor Hall, School of Optometry






Translational Research Module

Contact: Zakia Young

School of Optometry, (510) 642-0687