Welcome to NAEVR's NIH/NEI Advocacy Center, where you can access our position on Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 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 May 28, the Biden Administration followed the April 9 release of its “skinny” discretionary budget request with the full Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, inclusive of discretionary and mandatory funding. On July 15, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2022 LHHS funding bill.
Congressional action in Fiscal Years (FY) 2016 to 2021 has increased NEI’s enacted budget to $835.7 million—19 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 FY2021 purchasing power is less than that in FY2012.
11/18/2021 - On November 17, House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee members Cong. Diana DeGette [D-CO, Chair of the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee] and Fred Upton [R-MI, Ranking Member of the Energy Sub… Read More
11/02/2021 - On October 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats released nine of the remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills and reports, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and… Read More
AEVR’s Research Saving Sight, Restoring Vision Initiative Hosts Thyroid Eye Disease Congressional Briefing
11/01/2021 - Open PDF
NAEVR/AEVR Commend the NEI on the Release of its Strategic Plan Grounded in the Realities of Vision Challenges
10/31/2021 - (Washington, D.C.) On November 1, the National Eye Institute (NEI) released its Strategic Plan: Vision for the Future (2021-2025) which identifies opportunities for NEI to achieve its mission through… Read More
NAEVR Thanks Senate for NIH/NEI Funding Increases in FY2022 Bill, Urges Action to Finalize Appropriations
10/18/2021 - (Washington, DC) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) released a statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee released nine of the remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 a… Read More
09/22/2021 - Update: On September 30, shortly before the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, Congress passed, and President Biden signed, a FY2022 Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR (H.R. 5304, Extending Governme… Read More
House Passes Minibus FY2022 Spending Bill With NIH/NEI Funding Increases as Senate Stalls on Appropriations
07/29/2021 - On July 29 and before its recess, the House passed (along party lines) H.R. 4502, a seven-bill spending package led with the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHH… Read More
07/13/2021 - On July 13, NAEVR submitted comments to House Energy & Commerce Committee members Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) who, on June 22, issued a press release and “Discussion Draft” for the pro… Read More
07/12/2021 - (Washington, DC) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) released a statement after the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommitt… Read More
07/12/2021 - Update: On July 15, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2022 LHHS funding bill by a vote of 33-25 with two amendments made to the bill. The vote came after four hours of debate on … Read More