The Milken Institute, in collaboration with The REAM Foundation, is administering a grant program focused on misophonia. Established in 2019, the Misophonia Research Fund has already awarded thirteen grants and disbursed more than $4 million in funding disbursed.
Misophonia is a condition where individuals experience strong negative emotions in response to specific sensory stimuli such as the sounds of a person chewing. Some studies have found that as many as one in five individuals report strong feelings of disgust, rage, or anxiety in response to specific sounds. Many of those suffering from misophonia report being unable to participate in important activities such as attending school or participating in family gatherings. The field sits at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and audiology and the program hopes to attract novel proposals across these fields in its third year of funding.
Proposals must address one or more of the following three broad areas in human, animal, or relevant research models: 1) research focused on characterizing misophonia, including exploring its underlying mechanisms, expression, natural history, and/or development; 2) development of diagnostic tools to facilitate rapid, physiologically-relevant assessment; 3) clinical and/or model studies of specific interventions, including studies investigating comparative effectiveness, novel treatments, and controlled trials of promising treatments.
The program supports two-year projects led by either faculty members or postdocs with annual budgets of up to $200,000.
To be considered for a grant, applicant organizations must be a domestic or non-U.S. nonprofit academic or research institution (including colleges, universities, medical schools, and other related academic research institutions), or a qualified government agency with an active biomedical research program. All proposed research projects must be led by a principal investigator (PI) who holds a doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Psy.D., Au.D.) or related research doctorate degree. PIs must be either an independent investigator or a postdoctoral fellow. PIs must be selected by and identified by the applicant organization.)
Letters of Intent are by December 11 and should be submitted via MRFs online grants portal, which can be accessed via this link.
For more information, including detailed application instructions, see the Misophonia Research Fund website.