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Vision Researchers Receive at Least $230M from ARRA/DOD Funding
NEI Awards 333 ARRA Grants. Click Here for More Information

NAEVR Announces Release of
The Silver Book®: Vision Loss
Volume II

NAEVR Supports World Glaucoma Week

NAEVR Participates in White House Conference on Aging

Serving as Friends of the National Eye Institute

Breaking News

NAEVR Releases Requests to Congress for FY2019 NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program Funding

NAEVR Supports Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Statement on President's FY2019 Budget: "Provide Meaningful Funding Increases Above Inflation Within the Base NIH Budget"

President Issues FY2019 Budget and Addendum That Funds NIH Below What Congress Has Proposed for FY2018, Cuts NEI Funding

NAEVR Commends Congress for Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that Increases FY2018 and 2019 Discretionary Spending Caps

President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 That Extends FY2018 Government Funding to March 23 and Increases Discretionary Spending Caps for FY2018 and 2019

AEVR Announces March 2018 Congressional Briefings on Glaucoma and Defense-Related Vision Research

President Signs Fourth FY2018 Continuing Resolution Which Funds the Government Through February 8, 2018

President Signs Third FY2018 Continuing Resolution Whic Funds the Government Through January 19, 2018

Congress Begins Work on Third Continuing Resolution for FY2018 that would Fully Fund the Department of Defense

President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution to December 22

NAEVR Releases Fall 2017 Contributor Report

NIH Announces Fourth Round of BRAIN Initiative Awards, Vision Research Receives Significant Funding

AEVR Announces First-Ever Keratoconus Congressional Briefing Recognizing National Keratoconus Day 2017

NAEVR to Host Contact Congress Booth at American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting in Chicago

House Passes “Octobus” FY2018 Funding Legislation that Combines Eight Remaining Appropriations Bills

NAEVR Commends Senate Appropriators for Proposed FY2018 $2 Billion NIH Increase, $26 Million NEI Increase

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY2018 Funding Bill that Includes a $2 B NIH Increase, NEI Funding

President Signs Continuing Resolution To Fund Government as FY2018 Begins, also Raises Debt Ceiling and Includes Emergency Supplemental Hurricane Funds

NAEVR Joins Medical Research Community in Opposing President Trump’s Proposed Cut to Reimbursement for Facilities and Administrative Costs in NIH Grants

AEVR Announces Two Major Fall 2017 Events

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2017 Contributor Report

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2018 LHHS Appropriations Bill, Details Include NEI Funding at $743.9 M

NAEVR Expresses Appreciation for the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee's Proposal to Increase FY2018 NIH Funding

House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2018 Funding Bill, Including $1.1 Billion NIH Increase

Vision Community Recognizes July as Dry Eye Awareness Month with Release of Major Study of the Disease to be Featured in a Congressional Briefing

President Trump Announces Continuation of Dr. Collins as NIH Director

NAEVR to Senate Regarding FY2018 Appropriations: Fund NIH at $36.1 Billion, NEI at $800 Million

FY2018 Trump Budget Threatens the Health—and Eye Health— of All Americans; NAEVR Calls on Congress to Reject the Proposal and Advance Medical Research

President Issues Detailed 2018 Budget Proposal With NIH/NEI Cuts and Reduced Reimbursement for Indirect Costs in Grants

In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Focuses on Patients and Researchers, Responds to Questions About the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

Department of Defense’s Vision Research Program Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Program Announcement with $15 Million in Funding Available

President Signs FY2017 Appropriations Bill

NAEVR Statement on FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

NAEVR Releases Winter/Spring 2017 Contributor Report

NAEVR Supports the March for Science

NAEVR Announces Advocacy and Educational Opportunities at the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting

DHHS Secretary Price Addresses NIH Funding and Structure Issues at House LHHS Hearing

NAEVR Supports FY2017 NIH Increase Despite Trump Administration Proposal to Cut Funding

President Issues FY2017 Budget Options to Reduce NonDefense Discretionary Spending, Including a $1.2 Billion NIH Cut

NAEVR Supports Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Statement on President's FY2018 Budget Blueprint: Keeping "America First" Requires NIH Investment

President Issues FY2018 Budget Blueprint

VSOs/MSOs Send Letter to Congressional Appropriations Leaders Supporting FY2018 DOD VRP Funding Request

In Hearing with Researchers, Chairman Blunt Urges Pattern of NIH Funding Increases

NAEVR to House: Increase NIH by $2 Billion in Each FY2017 and 2018 to Maintain Sustained, Predictable Funding

NAEVR Releases FY2017 and 2018 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program

FY2018 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $15 Million

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The National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is responsible for funding sight-saving and sight-restoring vision research. The annual cost for vision disorders/blindness in the United States is $145 billion. Direct medical costs associated with vision disorders are the fifth highest-only less than heart disease, cancers, emotional disorders, and pulmonary conditions. Adequately funding vision research is vital due to the following:
  • NEI’s FY2017 funding of $733 million is still less than 0.5 percent of the $145 billion annual cost of vision disorders. The U.S. is only spending $2.20 per-person, per-year for vision research, while the cost of treating low vision and blindness is $6,680 per-person, per-year

  • Vision loss can be a co-morbid condition of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, which is at epidemic levels due to the increased incidence of obesity.

  • In public opinion polls over the past fifty years, including a 2014 poll reflecting all four major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., Americans have identified fear of vision loss as second only to fear of cancer-and for which they would trade remaining years of life to avoid.


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NAEVR in Action

ARVO Advocates Urge NIH/NEI Funding Increases within Hours of Congress Passing a Budget Deal

AEVR and NAEVR Support Release of Published ARVO Study on the Value of OCT

  AEVR Hosts First-Ever World Keratoconus Day Congressional Briefing Featuring Research into Novel Treatments

  World Sight Day 2017 Congressional Briefing Examines the Relationships Between Vision Impairment and Cognitive Decline

  AEVR/NAEVR Host Third Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day Events on Capitol Hill

  International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week Congressional Briefing: Retinal Regeneration and Stem Cell Therapy

  Vision Community Recognizes July as Dry Eye Awareness Month with a Capitol Hill Briefing, Screening, and Poster Session

NAEVR Acknowledges VRP’s Robert Read, Who Identifies FY2017 Funding Opportunities


Researchers Thank Congress for FY2017 Funding Increases, Express Concern About FY2018

  As Congress Negotiates FY2017 Omnibus Spending Bill, Private Funding Foundations Advocate for NIH/NEI Funding and Educate about their Role in Vision Research

NAEVR Attends 6th Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury

Iowa Researcher Seeks to Improve Corneal Transplantation Outcomes

AEVR Congressional Briefing Focuses on Translating Glaucoma Therapy from Bench to Bedside

ARVO Advocates Urge $2 B NIH Funding Increases in FY2017 and 2018 Citing the Dramatic Return on Past NIH/NEI Investment in OCT


NAEVR Releases FY2017 and 2018 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program


FY2018 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $15 Million

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