Our Grants

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Foundation also offers up to five (5), $1,000 to Otolaryngology residents to support research projects during their residency. This grant is open to residents from the Chicago programs (Northwestern, Loyola, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Rush), as well as schools represented by members of our board or research committee (Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI). 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.

AHRF Regular Grants

AHRF regular grant proposals are due on August 1, 2016. View the grant application guidelines.

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.

Grant proposals should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed that investigates 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).

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.

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 also notify the 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 also required to submit a final report of their research by the end of January after the completion of their funded year of research.

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. 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.