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Audacious Goals Initiative

The NEI Audacious Goals Initiative began in 2013 with the Audacious Goals Challenge, a prize competition that challenged participants to imagine the greatest achievement for vision research during the next 10-15 years. The challenge attracted more than 450 innovative proposals from around the world. The NEI consolidated the proposals into six themes, which were further explored by leading experts at the Audacious Goals Development meeting.

In consultation with the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC), the NEI chose to pursue the goal of restoring vision through the regeneration of neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system, specifically targeting the photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells.


Official NEI Audacious Goals Initiative Web Site


NAEVR Updates

September 1, 2016
Six teams seek to identify biological factors that influence neural regeneration; NIH to award $12.4 million over three years as part of audacious effort to reverse blindness

May 8, 2015
NEI Premieres Audacious Goals Video at ARVO Annual Meeting

June 13, 2014
NEI Director Dr. Sieving Updates the Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI)

February 24-26, 2013
NAEVR Joins Vision Community in Developing Audacious Goals to Preserve and Restore Vision

February 8, 2013
NEI Announces Audacious Goals Initiative Winners

August 13, 2012
NIH Launches Contest for Audacious Goals in Vision Research