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National Eye Institute


The mission of the National Eye Institute (NEI) is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.

Interest in Diversity

The U.S population is projected to be majority-minority for the first time by the 2040’s. The more than 80 million millennials in the U.S. have overtaken baby boomers in number and are the most diverse generation in history. Meanwhile, we know from surveys conducted by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau that the scientific workforce does not represent the diversity of the U.S. population. The future of the biomedical research workforce depends on engaging people from underrepresented backgrounds in research. Such individuals include those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women at senior career levels.

NEI encourages the development of a diverse biomedical research workforce through both research training programs that attract and train students and new investigators from underrepresented backgrounds in the area of vision research as well as education and outreach efforts that disseminate practical vision research results to a diverse public.

Diversity-Targeted Programs

Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.

Director's Statement

The National Eye Institute is committed to developing a biomedical research workforce that represents the diversity in our society and draws talented people from all backgrounds. The Institute promotes diversity in all aspects of its training and research programs and works to increase the participation of underrepresented groups.

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