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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2010
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR RELEASES FY2011 FUNDING REQUESTS THAT INCLUDE $35 BILLION FOR NIH AND $10 MILLION FOR EXTRAMURAL PEER-REVIEWED VISION RESEARCH IN DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) hosted an Advocacy Day for members of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in which NAEVR’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations requests were released.

NIH Funding at $35 Billion:

The vision community commends Congress for $10.4 billion in NIH funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as FY2009 and FY2010 funding increases that enabled NIH to keep pace with biomedical inflation after six previous years of flat funding that resulted in a 14 percent loss of purchasing power. In FY2009 and FY2010, NIH has essentially funded biomedical research at a level of $35 billion. As a result, NAEVR urges Congress to fund NIH at a level of at least $35 billion in FY2011 due to:

  • The expanded capacity for research, as demonstrated by the significant number of high-quality grant applications submitted in response to ARRA opportunities.
  • Unmet need, especially for programs of special promise that could reap substantial downstream benefits, as identified by new NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.
  • The potential of research to reduce healthcare costs, increase productivity, and ensure the continued global competitiveness of the United States.

Extramural Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision Funding at $10 Million:

The extramural PRMR-Vision line item in defense appropriations is a dedicated funding source for extramural vision research into immediate battlefield needs which is not conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NAEVR urges Congress to fund PRMR-Vision at a level of $10 million in FY2011. It warrants a continued, rigorous investment, especially since Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has identified research into Restoration of Sight and Eye-Care as one of the four top priorities for defense funding, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Prosthetics.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.