The António Champalimaud Vision Award has the support of Vision 2020 – The Right To Sight, a global initiative for the prevention of blindness launched in association with the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
The award is given alternately between contributions to overall vision research (even numbered years) and contributions to the alleviation of visual problems, primarily in developing countries (odd numbered years). The recipients of the award are productive laboratories/organisations or collaborative efforts and this may involve groups from more than one institution or discipline. The Award does not focus only on the largest global organisations but on organisations of any size that can demonstrate high impact achievements. These could be on a local, national, regional or international level.
The jury of the award consists of a distinguished panel of leading international scientists and of exceptional public figures involved in meeting the needs of the developing world.
The award may be used in any way that furthers the outstanding contribution of the recipients.
2013: Nepal Netra Jyoty Sangh (NNJS), Eastern Regional Eye Care Programme, Lumbini Eye Institute and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
2012: David Williams, James Fujimoto, David Huang, Carmen Puliafito, Joel Schuman & Eric Swanson
2011: African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control
2010: J. Anthony Movshon and William Newsome
2009: Helen Keller International
2008: Jeremy Nathans and King-Wai Yau
2007: Aravind Eye Care System