National Eye Institute announces innovative ideas challenge

The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the launch of its “Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation” in conjunction with its efforts to establish a national agenda for vision research. This challenge calls for entries from the general public, as well as scientists engaged in vision research. NEI is asking for submission of “audacious goals in any area relevant to NEI's mission 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 (42 U.S.C. 285i).”

The NEI will select up to 20 winners to receive a $3,000 cash prize, and will host the winners at the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting to present and discuss their winning entries with a broad audience of scientists, NEI staff and other stakeholders.

NEI will accept online entries through Nov. 12, 2012. Winners will be notified by Jan. 7, 2013. The NEI Audacious Goals Development meeting will take place on Feb. 24–26, 2013. Additional information about participating in the challenge appears on the challenge website.