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American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) Grants

Grants to USA Individuals for Research on
Hearing and Balance Functions of the Ear

GrantWatch ID#: 158225
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American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF)

08/15/17

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Grants of up to $40,000 to USA individuals with an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree for research projects that relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear, Meniere’s disease, or the societal costs of severe hearing loss. There are currently five different awards available, as outlined below:

- AHRF Regular Grants:

The Foundation typically funds six to eight regular research grants that investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Grants are for either $20,000 or $40,000 for one year of research. Priority is given to investigators early in their careers who need seed funds to generate results and data that can be used to support applications for larger grants (i.e., NIH grants) in the future.

Grant funds may only be used for direct costs, including salaries of technical and supporting staff, equipment related to the research, and supplies. Funding may not be used for salary of the principal investigator, travel or conference attendance, or educational costs.

Research Topics: Proposals should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed that investigate aspects of the auditory and vestibular systems including but not limited to genetics, neurotology, anatomy, auditory processing, molecular and cellular biology, therapeutic studies, and investigations of current or experimental devices (i.e., cochlear implants).

- AHRF Meniere’s Disease Grants:

The Foundation also occasionally awards grants of $20,000 to $25,000 specifically related to the study of Meniere’s disease. Covered expenses are the same as for regular grants (see above).

- ACI Alliance/ AHRF Grant

Grants of up to $25,000 will be provided for a one-year planning project/study that focuses on the societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss. This grant is intended to support the planning of a future study to address societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss.

Grantees may be scientists in the field of hearing loss, otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, economists, health care experts, or others with generic expertise in the topics. The topic lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach involving individuals working within and beyond cochlear implantation.

The proposed study should review and summarize comparable studies completed for other interventions and the impact on healthcare access. Issues to consider include, but are not be limited to: population (adults, children or both), data collection plan, method for demonstrating cost effectiveness, personnel, and budget and timeline to undertake a future study.

- Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants

AHRF offers up to five $1,000 grants to otolaryngology residents at specific universities to support research projects on topics related to hearing and balance disorders of the inner ear. Residents must be from the Chicago programs (Northwestern, Loyola, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Rush), or schools represented by members of the Board or Research Committee (Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI).

- Georgia Birtman Grant

The applicant receiving the best score will be awarded the Birtman Grant. This grant is $20,000 and is named after Georgia Birtman, a Chicago school teacher who donated $2.1 million to the AHRF in 1991. This grant is not given every year.

The Foundation typically funds six to eight regular research grants. AHRF offers up to five Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants.

- Regular Grants: Grants are for either $20,000 or $40,000 for one (1) year of research.
- Meniere’s Disease Grants: The amount can range from $20,000 to $25,000.
- ACI Alliance/AHRF Grants: Up to $25,000
- Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants: $1,000
- Georgia Birtman Grant: $20,000

- Regular Grants are for one (1) year of research. No-cost extensions of research past the funded year is granted based on approval of the Research Committee.
- Funding for ACI Alliance/AHRF Grants is provided for a one-year term.

With the exception of grants for residents, applicants should hold the MD, PhD or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.

ACI Alliance/ AHRF Grantees may be scientists in the field of hearing loss, otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, economists, health care experts, or others with generic expertise in the topics. The topic lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach involving individuals working within and beyond cochlear implantation.

To be eligible for Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants, residents must be from the Chicago programs (Northwestern, Loyola, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Rush), or schools represented by members of the Board or Research Committee (Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI).

Application, Deadline, and Additional Information for Each Grant:

AHRF Regular Grants:

- Next Deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Research Grant Application, Review, and Reporting: Proposals are reviewed by the AHRF Research Committee in mid-October and applicants are notified as to the status of their grants soon thereafter. AHRF uses a five (5) point scale for scoring grants, with one being the highest score and 5 the lowest. Comments are not provided for applications.

Meniere’s Disease Grants:

- Next deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Grant application, review, and reporting are the same as for regular grants (see above).

ACI Alliance/AHRF Grants:

- Next Deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Grant application, review, and reporting are the same as for regular grants (see above). In addition, award selection criteria will include creativity, and the degree to which the proposal may advance access to cochlear implantation.

Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants:

- Next deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Application, review, and reporting: This grant requires a short one (1) to two (2) page summary of the project including specific aims and methods. It needs to be accompanied with a small budget proposal and a letter of support from the principal investigator with whom they are working.
- Residency grants will be paid in January. However, to accommodate July-to-June residency program years, grant recipients need to submit progress reports by the end of October of the year the grant was awarded. Recipients are required to submit a final report of their research by the end of July after the completion of their funded year of research. No-cost extensions of research past the funded year is granted based on approval of the Research Committee.

Georgia Birtman Grant

- Note that this grant is not given every year.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions, please email Joan Wincentsen at Joan@American-Hearing.org.

As long as your PDF document is 5 MG or smaller, you can click on the following link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit your application via the online portal: http://american-hearing.org/research-grants/grant-application-guidelines/

If your PDF file is larger than 5 MB, please email your PDF and application form data to Info@American-Hearing.org.

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