FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017
|CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
NAEVR TO SENATE REGARDING FY2018 APPROPRIATIONS: FUND NIH AT $36.1 BILLION, NEI AT $800 MILLION
(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) submitted written testimony to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute (NEI) funding.
After thanking Congress for the $2 billion NIH increases in each FY2016 and 2017, NAEVR called upon the Senate to reject the Trump Administrations FY2018 budget proposal and support a $2 billion NIH increase to a funding level of $36.1 billion. NAEVR wrote, The FY2018 increase should bolster NIH base funding, especially for the Institutes and Centers (I/Cs)in addition to the supplemental funding for specific projects in the 21st Century Cures Actreflecting real growth above biomedical inflation, estimated at 2.7 percent in FY2018.
With respect to the I/Cs, NAEVR requested FY2018 NEI funding at $800 million to continue to restore our nations commitment to vision research, stressing that NEIs FY2017 enacted level of $733 million is just four percent greater than its pre-sequester FY2012 funding levelmeaning that it had taken five fiscal years for its budget to experience any meaningful growth. NAEVR wrote, We must maintain the momentum of vision research since vision health is vital to overall health and quality of life. In subsequent text, NAEVR highlighted the following points with links to supporting publications and studies:
- NEIs budget is not keeping pace with the burden of eye disease.
- NEI research is vital in meeting vision loss prevention goals
- Investing now in the NEI can save on future expenditures
- Congress should robustly fund the NEI as it nears its 50th anniversary during the Decade of Vision 2010-2020.
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 www.eyeresearch.org.