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Emerging Research Grant (ERG)

Grants to USA Individual Investigators
for Research Projects on Hearing Disorders

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hearing Health Foundation (HHF)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA individual investigators for research on hearing and balance disorders. Priority is given to new investigators and to projects that are underfunded and under-researched. New and innovative projects developed by established scientists will also be considered.

The primary purpose of HHF Emerging Research Grant is to enable the investigator to become established and/or to produce quality research that will allow him/her to successfully compete for NIH Grants or grants from other sources.

Applications will be considered for research directed to investigation of specified research topic areas of the auditory and vestibular systems. Both fundamental and clinical research proposals are welcome.

Grant funds may only be used for the direct costs of carrying out approved projects, such as:

- Salaries of technical and supporting personnel;
- Limited alteration and renovation of existing facilities;
- Purchase of equipment (cost of equipment should be equal to/greater than $5,000);
- Supplies including drugs and services; and
- Other specifically authorized expenses as may be essential to carrying out the project.
- If an institution requires an allocation for indirect costs that amount may not exceed $3,000 (10% of the total grant award); regardless of the indirect amount, the HHF award will not exceed $30,000.

Applications must only be submitted in one of the stated research topic areas below. Applications outside of these areas will not be considered.

General Hearing Health
- Physiology of hearing and balance
- Epidemiology of auditory and vestibular disorders
- Human otopathology
- Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance
- Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction
- Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies
- Auditory and vestibular implants, and hearing aids

Central Auditory Processing Disorders
- Normal and abnormal auditory processing
- Creating testable models of auditory processing disorders
- Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of CAPD
- Genetics of CAPD
- Development of screening tools and diagnostic tests for CAPD including behavioral, physiologic and neuroimaging
- Language, music, learning and communication issues related to CAPD

Hearing Loss in Children
- Etiology of childhood hearing loss (e.g., genetic, infectious, traumatic)
- Assessment and diagnosis of childhood hearing loss
- Auditory neuropathy
- Behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and psychosocial consequences of childhood hearing loss
- Impact of early intervention
- Education of the hearing impaired child
- Cochlear implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants in children

Hyperacusis
- Mechanisms of hyperacusis
- Development of animal models
- Genetics of hyperacusis
- Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperacusis
- Brain imaging, biomarkers, electrophysiology of hyperacusis
- Distinctions between hyperacusis and tinnitus
- Interaction between auditory nerve and trigeminal nerve information

Meniere's Disease
- Mechanisms of endolymphatic hydrops including mechanisms of cochlear fluid regulation
- Genetics of Meniere’s disease
- Animal models of Meniere’s disease
- Imaging of hydrops
- Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular function and dysfunction

Tinnitus
- Peripheral and central mechanisms
- Role of ion channels, ototoxicity, genetics
- Subjective and objective assessment
- Etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
- Imaging of tinnitus

Usher Syndrome: Usher syndrome is characterized by hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa and is the most common cause of combined blindness and deafness. Research focusing on the following areas is of special interest:
- Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Usher Syndrome
- Genetics of Usher syndrome
- Role of identified genes in hearing and vision
- Creation of mouse models of Usher syndrome
- Development of molecular and cellular therapies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165410

Estimated Size of Grant:

HHF grants up to $30,000 per year for each research project.

Term of Contract:

HHF awards grants for the project period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. An individual applicant is eligible to receive one year of funding from HHF. The project timeline should not exceed one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., Au.D., or an equivalent degree. The applicant must be no more than 7 years beyond the date that the first professional, advanced professional, or terminal academic degree was awarded, whichever is most recent.

- Applicants should demonstrate experience and strong research training as well as sufficient institutional support (facilities, time, and mentorship) to carry out the proposed work.

- If the applicant is a post-doctoral fellow, it is expected that he or she be at the senior level (e.g., 3 or more years of post-doctoral training). Further, the applicant must demonstrate in the application that he or she is on a pathway to independence. Specifically, the applicant should indicate how the proposed aims will help with his or her transition toward independence from the mentor, including how the proposed research is distinct from the mentor's research program.

- Applicants to be considered young investigator cannot be a current or prior Principal Investigator on a major independent research award (e.g., R00, R03, R21, R01, VA Merit, DoD, or equivalent). Prior appointment on fellowship/training grants, or prior service as a Principal Investigator on a mentored career development award, is allowable.

- Principal investigators in early stages of independent research careers will receive top priority for funding. The applicant must hold an appointment at a non-profit educational, governmental or research institution within the U.S. Appointments may include faculty, postdoctoral fellow, or clinical/research fellow. Graduate students and medical residents are not eligible to serve as Principal Investigators.

- The proposed research must address one of the hearing and balance topics advertised in the ERG Request for Applications.

For Emerging Research Grants in the “General Hearing Health” category, only young investigators may apply.

For Emerging Research Grants in subject/disease specific areas (e.g. CAPD, Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, Ménière’s Disease, Usher Syndrome, Stria Vascularis, and Hearing Loss in Children), both young and senior established investigators may apply. Please note that young investigators will be given priority for funding in these categories.

Non Tax-exempt organizations: Grants may be made to public or private not-for-profit tax-exempt institutions, to support research at those institutions by investigators who are formally attached to them. Research conducted cannot directly benefit for-profit companies and/or be directed toward a for-profit company's product development unless otherwise agreed to by the HHF Board of Directors in their sole discretion. Awarding grants to for-profit companies may disqualify HHF for tax-exempt status.

The following applications will not be considered:

- From individuals researching at institutions outside of the U.S.
- From graduate students.
- For research continuation or bridge funding.
- From individuals concurrently receiving support for the proposed project of >$75,000 per annum in direct costs from any other combined source(s) during award period. Funding of pending awards during HHF award period may necessitate the return the balance of HHF award.
- From individuals who have received one or more years of HHF support within the previous 7 years.
- For a second year of support for a given project.

Applications for continuations of research supported by prior ERG or other awards or for bridge funding will not be considered.

Grant funds may not be used for the following:

- Salary of applicant, co-investigator or individuals with a doctorate degree;
- Travel;
- Living expenses;
- Reprints;
- Computers, including laptops
- Overhead costs exceeding 10% of project costs; and
- Public information, education programs or training costs (including tuition).

Pre-Application Information:

Funding decision notification: June 2018
Grant payment schedule: June, November, and April

How to apply: https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/how-to-apply

Grant guidelines: https://sophia-boccard-lsf6.squarespace.com/policy-on-grants

Contact Information:

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

Prior to submitting an application, all applicants must complete an eligibility quiz. To start the quiz, go to:
https://hearinghealth.foundationconnect.org/grantsmanager/Pages/V3/Portal/eligibilityquiz.aspx?OrgID=00D700000001qzZ&QuizID=a0h39000009CqGU&lang=en

After an eligible applicant passes the quiz, they will be directed to the main homepage. Click “Register” to create an account.

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