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The Department of Defense manages several medical research programs that currently offer or in previous years have offered opportunities for Eye and Vision researchers.


FY2017 VRP Justification

NAEVR Request for Congress to Retain Peer Reviewed Vision Research Program and Fund at $15 million


Value of Defense-Related Vision Research: Peer-Reviewed Vision Trauma Research Program in Defense Appropriations Brochure

Value of Defense-Related Vision Research: Peer-Reviewed Vision Trauma Research Program in Defense Appropriations


Economic Impact Study

Costs of Military Eye Injury, Vision Impairment, and Related Blindness and Vision Dysfunction Associated with Traumatic Brain (TBI) without Eye Injury




Ocular Surgery News Article on PRMR-Vision Program and Vision Center of Excellence


Learn more about vision research being conducted at the Department of Defense

Legislative Updates

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

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

Hill Letters Request Vision Trauma Research Funding at $15 M in FY2017, Support for Defense Health Programs in Defense Appropriations

ARMY Magazine Article Focuses on Military Vision Loss

NAEVR Advocates with BVA for Vision Trauma Research Funding

House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill with $10 M for Vision Trauma Research Program

House Appropriations Committee Approves $10 Million for Vision Trauma Research Program

Congress Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 That Funds Vision Trauma Research at $10 M

Members of Congress Send Letter to Appropriations Leadership Requesting $10 Million for FY2014 VTRP Funding

DOD Announces FY2013 Assistive Technologies Research Award Program

House Increases FY2013 VTRP Funding by $5 Million to $10 Million Total

NAEVR: Military Eye Injuries and Blindness Have Cost the US $25.1 Billion in the 2000-2010 Timeframe

NAEVR Meets with White House on Defense Vision Research Funding

U.S. Medicine Quotes NAEVR in Article about Vision Center of Excellence, Defense Vision Research Funding

Congress Finalizes FY2012 Appropriations with a Decrease in Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Funding

TATRC Begins Review of FY2011 Pre-Proposal Submissions

Media Highlights Proposed Defense Vision Cuts

DOD Funds Vision Research at $8.7 M in FY2011

DOD Announces Fiscal Year 2012 Clinical Trials Award Research Program

DOD Announces New Funding Source for Eye and Vision Research

DOD Funded Researchers Address Diagnosis of Visual Disorders from TBI

DOD Announces $13 Million in FY2010 Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Awards

DOD Vision Research Funding Tops $11 Million Due to Quality of Grants

DOD Announces $10 Million in Vision Research Portfolio Grants Funded Primarily by the Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Line Item in Defense Appropriations

NAEVR Works with Blinded Veterans Association To Seek Congressional Support for FY2011 Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Funding at $10 Million

TATRC on Track to Issue FY2009 Extramural Defense-Related Vision Research Awards by late First-Quarter 2010

Congress Passes FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill; Dedicated Peer-Reviewed Vision Research Program is Retained but Funding Level is Cut

DOD Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Opens for Pre-Proposal Submission

NAEVR Justifies $10 Million for Vision Research in FY2010 Defense Appropriations with New Vision Funding Data Supporting its Request

Department of Defense Vision Research Program is Open

NAEVR Hosts Key DOD Representatives in Standing Room-Only Session on Defense-Related Vision Research Opportunities at the ARVO Annual Meeting

DOD, VA to Create Common Health Records

DODís FY2009 Peer Reviewed Vision Research Program to be Managed by Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

In FY2009 Defense Appropriations, Peer Reviewed Vision Research is Listed For First Time As A Separate Line Item Funded at $4 Million

DOD Announces Additional FY2008 Vision Research Funding; Pre-Application Deadlines Range from September 22 to October 1

House Veterans Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Incidence and Care for TBI-Related Vision Disorders

DOD Issues PRMRP Funding Opportunities Notice With Pre-application (June 4) and Proposal (July 2) Deadlines

The Independent Budget for VA Funding Recommends Continued Eligibility for Eye and Vision Research in the FY2009 DOD/PRMRP Program; Urges Congress to Authorize More VA-DOD Research Funding on Eye Trauma

DOD/PRMRP Program Issues Preliminary Notice of FY2008 Award Mechanism Announcement

Defense Appropriations and Authorization Bills Address Combat-related Eye Injuries and Include Vision Research Funding Opportunities

NAEVR Member BVA Testifies on VA Medical Research Programs on Traumatic Eye Injury

NAEVR Secures House and Senate Support for FY2007 DOD Funding

NAEVR Requests FY2007 Funding for Defense-related Eye and Vision Research

NAEVR Requests FY2006 Funding for Defense-related Eye and Vision Research

Press Releases

February 10, 2016
NAEVR Releases FY2017 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and The DOD Vision Research Program

February 20, 2015
NAEVR, VSOs/MSOs Request $15 Million for Vision Trauma Research in FY2016 Defense Appropriations

March 27, 2014
VSOs/MSOs Support Increased Funding for Vision Trauma Research in Letter to Congress

February 12, 2014
VSOs/MSOs Support Funding for Vision Trauma Research in the FY2015 Independent Budget

October 30, 2013
DOD's Vision Trauma Research Program Issues Program Announcement for $14.5 Million in Awards

March 13, 2013
NAEVR Releases FY2014 Funding Requests to Congress: $32 Billion for NIH and $730 Million for NEI, $10 Million for Peer Reviewed Vision Trauma Research

February 22, 2013
VSOs/MSOs Support Increased Funding for Vision Trauma in Independent Budget and in a Letter to Congress

September 18, 2012
AEVRís Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiantive Releases Value of Defense-Related Vision Research Brochure

May 29, 2012
NAEVR Participates in Project Gemini, an Exchange Between US and UK Blinded Veterans

February 29, 2012
NAEVR Releases FY2013 Funding Requests to Congress: At Least $32 Billion for NIH and $730 Million for NEI, $10 Million for Peer Reviewed Vision Trauma Research

February 17, 2012
VSOs Support Increased Funding For Vision Trauma Research in The Independent Budget and in Letter to Defense Appropriators

February 9, 2012
AEVR Announces Two Congressional Briefings to be Held in March 2012 on Key Vision Research Topics: Glaucoma and Deployment-Related Vision Trauma

March 2, 2011
VSO Independent Budget Calls for Increased Funding for Medical Research, Including DOD Peer-Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Program

January 26, 2011
NAEVR Releases Funding Requests to Congress - Finalize FY2011 Funding at $31.8 Billion, FY2012 Peer Reviewed Medical Research—Vision at $10 Million

July 15, 2010
Cong. Timothy Walz Issues Letter Asking House Colleagues to Support PRMR-Vision Funding at $10 Million in FY2011 Defense Appropriations

May 7, 2010
DOD Announces $10 Million in Awards From the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Program in Defense Appropriations

February 2, 2010
VSO Independent Budget Echoes NAEVR's Request Urging Congress to Fund Extramural Peer-Reviewed Vision Research at $10 Million in FY2011 Defense Appropriations

December 22, 2009
NAEVR Thanks Congress for Maintaining the Vision Line Item in FY2010 Defense Appropriations But Expresses Concern About Its Funding Level

April 1, 2009
NAEVR Announces Contact Congress Booth, Defense-Related Vision Briefing at ARVO Annual Meeting 2009

March 23, 2009
DOD Releases Vision Research Portfolio Summary which NAEVR Distributes to All Congressional Defense Appropriators

February 26, 2009
Veterans Service Organizations Support NAEVR Request for $10 Million in FY2010 Defense-Related Vision Research Funding

January 14, 2009
DOD Announces FY2008 PRMRP Awards for Clinical and Translational Vision Research

February 14, 2008
The Independent Budget for VA Funding Recommends Eye and Vision Eligibilty in the FY2009 DOD/PRMRP Program, Urges VA-DOD Eye Trauma Funding

January 25, 2008
NAEVR Requests That Eye and Vision Research Remain Eligibile for Funding Within the FY2009 DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

November 7, 2007
NAEVR Commends House and Senate Conferees for Continued Eligibility of Eye and Vision Research for DOD Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Funding

September 17, 2007
NAEVR Supports House Legislation Directing DOD and VA to Coordinate on Accounting for Combat-Related Eye Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injury Research

March 13, 2007
NAEVR Requests that Eye and Vision Research Remain Eligible for FY2008 DOD Funding

May 22, 2006
NAEVR Requests FY2007 Funding for Defense-related Eye and Vision Research

January 6, 2006
FY2006 Defense Appropriations Bill Makes Eye and Vision Research Eligible For Funding in the $50 Million Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program

If you are interested in receiving emails from NAEVR on the latest developments in the process or have any questions, email NAEVR's Director of Government Relations David Epstein, depstein@eyeresearch.org or contact him at 240-221-2902.