NIH launches contest for audacious goals in vision research
Help shape vision research priorities for the next decade.
Balintfy: For the first time an NIH Institute is using a challenge and a prize competition to solicit ideas that will become part of the strategic planning process.
Sieving: All institutes do strategic planning but in this case the eye institute is the first to use this particular novel opportunity to solicit ideas.
Balintfy: Dr. Paul Sieving is the director of the NIH’s National Eye Institute.
Sieving: The National Eye Institute is charged in this country with funding vision research that leads to preserving and prolonging vision for people and as part of that, we need to have the best research that we can do. To accomplish this, we are seeking right now to gather up information and ideas that can be used to help direct programs for vision research over the next decade or so.
Balintfy: The program itself is called the NEI Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation.
Sieving: What we’re going to do is to set aside about $60,000, and this will go to 20 individuals who have submitted entries — one-page summaries of an idea — 20 individuals, and each of them will receive a $3,000 challenge award.
Balintfy: Dr. Sieving adds that this amount is not to do research, but to spur interest among young investigators, scientists, physician, and even the public.
Sieving: Yes, if you have an idea, if you think your idea is a big, bold, important idea for vision research, in fact we want to hear from you.
Balintfy: But act fast. The deadline to submit ideas is November 12. For more information on the NEI Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation, visit www.nei.nih.gov. And to hear more from Dr. Sieving about the program, listen to episode 169 of the NIH Research Radio podcast. For NIH Radio, this is Joe Balintfy – NIH . . . Turning Discovery Into Health®.
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Reporter: Joe Balintfy
Sound Bite: Dr. Paul Sieving
Topic: vision, research, vision research, blind, blindness, blindness rehabilitation, goals, audacious goals, challenge, prize, competition, ideas