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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2011
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS FY2012 APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT INCLUDES AT LEAST $5 MILLION MORE FOR VISION RESEARCH

(Washington, D.C.) Today, President Obama signed the nine-bill Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations conference agreement (H.R. 2055) into law (P.L. 112-74) that includes at least $5 million more for vision research as follows:

  • National Eye Institute (NEI) funding at $702.71 million, an increase of $2 million over FY2011 (net of a 0.189 percent rescission); and

  • Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision funding at $3.2 million. NAEVR annually advocates for the PRMR-Vision line item, which is contained in the Defense appropriations bill.
“FY2012 represents another year in which NAEVR advocacy has resulted in increased funding for vision research,” stated NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky. “Even in FY2011, when NEI funding was cut by $6.2 million, final PRMR-Vision funding of $8.7 million resulted in a net $2.5 million funding increase.” Jorkasky explained further that, although PRMR-Vision was initially appropriated in FY2011 at $4 million, the Department of Defense (DOD) made transfers in funding that increased the awards amount to $8.7 million total. NAEVR is hopeful that the DOD will also make transfers in FY2012 that will result in an amount available to researchers greater than the $3.2 million that was appropriated.

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.