American Hearing Research Foundation: Research Grants in Hearing, Balance Disorders of the Inner Ear

The American Hearing Research Foundation invites applications for its Discovery Grants program.

Through the program, up to 10 grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of studies investigating various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Priority will be 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.

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 current or experimental devices (i.e., cochlear implants). AHRF donors have given special support for research that explores Meniere’s disease (mechanisms, causes, or treatments) and the causes or mechanisms of sudden hearing loss. Proposals that address these areas of interest will receive special consideration during the review process.

Grant funds may only be used for direct costs, including salaries of technical and supporting staff, equipment related to the research, and supplies. Note that the cost for salaries plus fringe benefits can be at most 80 percent of the direct costs. Funding may not be used for the principal investigator’s salary, travel, conference attendance, educational, or indirect costs.

Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, AuD, or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.