NEI/NIH Funding

NEI/NIH Funding

Welcome to NAEVR's NIH/NEI Advocacy Center, where you can access our position on Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 federal funding for the National Eye Institute (NEI), view recent Legislative Updates, learn more about NEI's accomplishments and priorities, read past NAEVR Congressional testimony, view summaries of past AEVR-sponsored Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill (featuring NEI-sponsored research) and read about the NAEVR advocacy and AEVR educational activities in the Contributor Reports.  You can also find information about special NIH-wide programs such as the Brain Initiative.

On December 29, President Biden signed a FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which finalized all government spending for the year, three months after the start of the fiscal year October 1. The NIH is funded at a level of $47.46 billion, an increase of 5.6% over FY2022, and the NEI is funded at a level of $896.5 million, an increase of 3.8% over FY2022.

Congressional action in Fiscal Years (FY) 2016 to 2023 has increased NEI’s enacted budget to $896.55 million—23 percent more than its pre-sequester FY2012 funding level of $702 million—meaning that over nine fiscal years it has averaged a 2.1 percent increase as compared to the average biomedical inflation rate of 2.7 percent, resulting in a loss of purchasing power. In fact, NEI’s FY2023 purchasing power is less than that in FY2012.

Read NAEVR's updates on National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute Funding

Click Here to read NAEVR's Congressional Testimony

Click here to read NAEVR's FY2024 NIH/NEI Funding Position Paper

Emerging Vision Scientists Advocate, Educate, About the Value of Vision Research

09/26/2023 - The class of the Ninth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day (see names in the box below) who participated in the AEVR and NAEVR events reflecting the breadth of breakthrough vision … Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2024 LHHS Spending Bill

07/28/2023 - On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS)  spending bill.   The bill would fund the National Institute… Read More

NAEVR Statement on House Appropriations Committee Proposed FY2024 NIH Budget

07/17/2023 - (Washington, DC) The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) expresses grave concern over the proposed funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the House Labor Health … Read More

House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2024 Spending Bill that Cuts NIH $2.8 Billion, Flat Funds NEI

07/14/2023 - Today, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 spending bill.  The markup was very contentious, with Democrats st… Read More

AEVR Congressional Briefing Focuses on Rare Eye Diseases

06/12/2023 - Featured speaker Ben Shaberman, PhD (Foundation Fighting Blindness) addresses the audience Click here to watch the video On May 25, AEVR held a Congressional Briefing … Read More

Debt Limit Increased with Expected Impacts on Non-Defense Programming

06/05/2023 - Last week, the House and Senate passed, and on June 3, 2023, the President signed, the “2023 Fiscal Responsibility Act,” an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling while enacting concessions on … Read More

At ARVO Annual Meeting, Researchers Urge Congress to Support Increased Funding for NIH, NEI

05/08/2023 - NAEVR’s Dan Ignaszewski and David Epstein spoke with interested researchers about how to increase federal funding for the NEI At the 2023 ARVO Annual Meeting in New Orlea… Read More

In Senate Hearing, NIH Director Tabak States that Proposed Cuts to NIH Funding Would Have 'Chilling' Effect on Science

05/05/2023 - On May 4, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Acting Director Lawrence Tabak, DDS, Ph… Read More

White House Plans to Nominate NCI Director to NIH Director Position

04/20/2023 - (Washington, DC) According to news reports, the White House plans to Monica M. Bertagnolli, who has been serving  as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since last fall, to lead the Natio… Read More

NAEVR Statement on President’s FY2024 Budget

03/16/2023 - (Washington, DC) On March 9th, the Administration released the President’s FY2024 Budget Request. The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) supports the statement issued by the Ad Hoc… Read More

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