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NEI Research Initiatives

Audacious Goals Initiative

Gathering ideas from across the scientific spectrum to forge new approaches to persistent challenges in vision research.

Anterior Segment Initiative

Tackling diseases of the anterior (forward) segment of the eye, including dry eye disease, uveitis, ocular pain, and more.


Advancing studies of eye diseases and their genetic causes by giving researchers access to DNA samples, clinical information, and patients.

International vision research

Helping reduce the burden of blindness by funding research into diseases that disproportionately affect the developing world.

Regenerative medicine

Developing regenerative medicine for eye disease through strategic support of research projects across the country.

Vision health and population sciences

Working to reduce the disparities in vision health that impact negatively on quality of life.

Data science and health informatics

Harnessing the power of data in vision research.

Last updated: November 2, 2022