RD2021 Travel Award competition was highly successful. We received a record 196 applications, which is a 35% increase from the previous meeting. Each application received four reviews from a panel of 14 expert reviewers in the field. I’m happy to report we were able to fund 72 applications. These included 24 graduate students, 34 post-doctoral fellows, and 14 early-career investigators. Eight of the 72 awards were self-identified as underrepresented minorities. Awardees will be automatically registered for the BrightFocus Macular Degeneration Fast Track. Participation in this training session is considered part of the educational experience you will receive at the RD2021 meeting.