Our Grants

The American Hearing Research Foundation funds an average of 6-8 research grants each year that investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Grants are for $20,000 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 later application for larger grants (i.e., NIH grants) in the future. The AHRF also gives one special grant: the Birtman Grant, named for Georgia Birtman, a Chicago teacher who was a significant benefactor of the AHRF.

AHRF Regular Grants

AHRF grant proposals are due on August 1 of the year before funding begins in January. For grant application guidelines, click HERE.

Proposals are reviewed by the AHRF Research Committee in mid-October and applicants are notified as to the status of their grants immediately. The AHRF uses a five 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).

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 April 1. Reports may be included on our website and/or newsletter. Recipients also must notify the AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the AHRF. 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 principle 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

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.