File Type and Size

A text-accessible Portable Document Format (.pdf) is the preferred file format. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the final documents adhere to the formatting and length limitation guidelines.

For most applications, the BrightFocus submission website will not permit uploads of greater than 10MB of information for any single application. Exact file size limitations are noted in the Template and Guidelines documents.

In some cases, greater file sizes may be allowable but must be approved at least one week prior to the deadline. These allowances are typically reserved for file types that require large file sizes, such as videos. Please contact BrightFocus Scientific Affairs staff to discuss this allowance or call our main number at 1-800-437-2423.


The specific format requirements for the applications may differ between each disease-oriented program and each award type. Please refer to the instructions provided within the BrightFocus ProposalCentral application portal (

Contact Information

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact a representative of the Research Grants office by telephone at 800-437-2423 or send an email to

First published on: October 21, 2021

Last modified on: April 14, 2024