NAEVR Announces Advocacy and Educational Opportunities at the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting

April 1, 2018
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
[email protected]


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) announced events in which it would be engaged at the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting, to be held April 29 -May 2, 2018, at the Honolulu Convention Center (HCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • NAEVR Central Booth open Sunday-Wednesday and located in the Exhibit Hall just to the left of the main entrance. Attendees can contact their Congressional delegation to support Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute (NEI). You can also learn about various federal funding opportunities, including NIH’s BRAIN Initiative and multiple Department of Defense (DOD) funding opportunities to study vision trauma research gaps. Feel free to stop by!
  • NAEVR’s Defense-Related Vision Research Opportunities Session on Monday, April 30, from 7:00-8:00 am in Room 313BC of the HCC. NAEVR has invited new DOD Vision Program (VRP) Manager Tian Wang, PhD, to speak about the VRP, as well as other DOD funding opportunities. The session will also feature a panel of past awardees who will offer insights into submitting grants that are responsive to DOD research gaps.

In addition, NAEVR’s affiliated educational foundation the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) will be recruiting early-stage investigators to participate in this fall’s Fourth Annual Emerging Vison Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. Open to researchers who have not yet received their first NIH/NEI R01 grant, the event consists of an AEVR-hosted Congressional Briefing and EVS Poster Congressional Reception on Thursday September 27, followed by a NAEVR-hosted Advocacy Day on Friday, September 28. The event is sponsored by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).

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