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Eye on the Future Campaign

NEI is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists through the Eye on the Future campaign, including the annual Eye on the Future (EOTF) Teen Video Contest!

This morning when you opened your eyes, you set in motion a series of steps in a dance called vision. Your eyes took in light and sent signals to your brain, which gave you a picture of the people and things in front of you. It’s easy to take your vision for granted.

But some people would be living in an out-of-focus world if they didn't have their glasses. Others may have an eye disease that slowly steals their sight until it’s hard for them to recognize faces or read a book.

Keeping an Eye on Science

At NEI, we do research to better understand all the steps that make vision possible. We look at problems in the system at the smallest scale — in cells, neurons, and genes and the way they communicate with each other — to examine the causes of diseases that lead to vision loss. We discover new treatments for diseases. And we develop helpful technologies for people who have lost vision.  

It all starts with science, and young people are the ones who will take science into the future. That’s why we launched the Eye on the Future Teen Video Contest. 

Enter teen video contest.

Enter 2023 Teen Video Contest

Create a short video about science in your world, in the field or lab, or in your future for a chance to win $2,000! We’re accepting submissions for the 2023 contest from January 20 to April 16, 2023.

An image of last year’s Eye on the Future teen video contest winner.

Watch videos from past winners

Last year, we received over 40 teen video contest submissions!

A yellow television set with play button.

Watch highlights from 2022 EOTF onsite event (coming soon!)

EOTF teen video contest winners and honorary mentions visited the NIH campus for a day of learning, inspiration, and networking.


Last updated: January 20, 2023