NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NEI/      

National Eye Institute: Mission

Conducts, fosters, and supports basic and applied research, including clinical trials, related to the cause, natural history, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the eye and visual system, and in related fields (including visual impairment and its rehabilitation) through:

  • Research performed in its own laboratories and clinics;

  • A program of research grants, individual and institutional research training awards, career development awards, core grants, and contracts to public and private research institutions and organizations;

  • Cooperation and collaboration with professional, commercial, voluntary, and philanthropic organizations concerned with vision research and training, disease prevention and health promotion, and the special health problems of the visually impaired and disabled and blind;

  • Collection and dissemination of information on ongoing research and findings in these areas;

  • Cooperation and collaboration with domestic and international organizations in worldwide prevention of blindness programs and projects.


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