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