Our Grants

 ***The application deadline for 2018 grants has passed. Applicants will be notified about grant awards in December 2017.***

At its discretion, the American Hearing Research Foundation offers different grant mechanisms each year.

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

AHRF Regular Grants

Next Deadline: August 15, 2018. View the grant application guidelines.

About the grant: The Foundation typically funds six (6) to eight (8) 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 (1) 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.

Depending on funds available, grant amounts occasionally may be adjusted at the discretion of AHRF. Our goal is to fund as many promising, novel projects as feasible.

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).

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.

Grant recipients need to submit progress reports by the end of each April of the year the grant was awarded. Reports may be included on our website and/or in our newsletter Soundings. Recipients also must notify AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the Foundation. Recipients should notify AHRF if any aspect of their funded research is reported in the media. It is our goal to highlight research results and publications.

Recipients are required to submit a final report of their research by the end of January 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.

 

Meniere’s Disease Grant

Next deadline: August 15, 2018. View the grant application guidelines (same as for regular grants).

About the grant: The Foundation also occasionally awards grants specifically related to the study of Meniere’s disease. The amount can range from $20,000 to $25,000. These grants are supported through the fundraising efforts of run because and subsidized by the Foundation.

Covered expenses, application, review, and reporting: Same as for regular grants (see above).

 

ACI Alliance/ AHRF Grant

*** This one-year grant will not be available in 2019.***

About the grant: In 2018, AHRF will work cooperatively with the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance to provide up to $25,000 in funding for a one-year planning project.

Research topic: Planning for a Study on the Societal Costs of Severe-Profound Hearing Loss

Explore and recommend a detailed plan for updating the seminal Project HOPE study published in 2000 (Mohr PE et al, The Societal Costs of Severe to Profound Hearing Loss in the United States, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2000; 16(4):1120-35). This grant is intended to support the planning of a future study to address societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss.

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:

  1. Population (adults, children or both)
  2. Data collection plan
  3. Method for demonstrating cost effectiveness
  4. Personnel
  5. Budget and timeline to undertake a future study

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.

Application, review, and reporting: 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.

Grant recipients will need to submit a progress report by the end of April 2018. Reports may be included on our website and/or in our newsletter Soundings. Recipients also must notify AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the Foundation. Recipients should notify AHRF if any aspect of their funded research is reported in the media. It is our goal to highlight research results and publications.

Recipients will be required to submit a final report of their research plan by the end of January 2019.

 

Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants

Next deadline: August 15, 2018. View the grant application guidelines.

About the grant: AHRF offers up to five $1,000 awards to otolaryngology residents to support research projects during their residency. To be eligible, residents must be from the Chicago programs (Northwestern, Loyola, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Rush), or schools represented by members of our Board or Research Committee (Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI).

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. Reports may be included on our website and/or in our newsletter Soundings. Recipients also must notify AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the Foundation. Recipients should notify AHRF if any aspect of their funded research is reported in the media. It is our goal to highlight research results and publications.

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

Occasionally, AHRF also gives one special grant, which is named for Georgia Birtman, a Chicago teacher who was a significant benefactor of the Foundation. 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.