Virginia’s ophthalmologists can get $2.9M fellowship for new research

Virginia lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would give scientists from around the country the opportunity to apply for funding to conduct research at the state’s largest health care facility.

The program would offer up to $2,900 for an initial two-year fellowship that will increase by $1,500 each year, up to a maximum of $18,000.

The bill also provides $2 million for two years of additional funding, up from $1 million.

The state’s Department of Health, Family and Community Services, which oversees the VA Medical Center, has been under a state budget crisis for months.

It has been shut down for two months and has not reopened since May due to the budget crisis.