Grants We Offer

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Because sometimes, the biggest ideas start small… Enabling the next breakthrough in hearing and balance research

At AHRF, we recognize the critical importance of early-stage research. Each year, we award five to ten seed grants to researchers whose work aligns with our mission.

The 2019 Grant Application Period is closed. The 2020 Grant Application Period runs from Spring 2019 through August 15, 2019.

Hearing & Balance Disorders of the Inner Ear & Related Topics

Meniere’s Disease

Societal Costs of Severe-Profound Hearing Loss

A one-year planning study, offered only in 2019

For Otolaryngology Residents of Specific Institutions

Hearing and balance disorders of the inner ear and related topics

To Qualify:

Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States, except for the Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants, which are awarded to residents from specific institutions.

View Grant Application Guidelines

 

AHRF Regular Grants

Next Deadline:
August 15, 2019
View the grant application guidelines.

AHRF typically funds six to ten regular research grants that investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Grants are for $20,000 to $50,000 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 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 the salary of the principal investigator, travel, 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.

Eligibility Requirements for AHRF Regular Grants:
Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, AuD, or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.

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 of the status of their grants soon thereafter. AHRF uses a five point scale for scoring grants, with one being the highest score and five the lowest. Comments are not provided to applicants.

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 may be granted based on approval of the Research Committee.

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ACI Alliance / AHRF Grant

This one-year grant will be offered in 2019.

About the Grant:
In 2019, 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:
This grant is intended to support the planning of a future study to address societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss.

Proposals should 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 limited to:

  • Population (adults, children or both)
  • Data collection plan
  • Method for demonstrating cost-effectiveness
  • Personnel
  • 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:
Proposals are reviewed by the AHRF Research Committee in mid-October and applicants are notified of the status of their grants soon thereafter. AHRF uses a five point scale for scoring grants, with one being the highest score and five the lowest. Award selection criteria will include creativity and the degree to which the proposal may advance access to cochlear implantation. Comments are not provided to applicants.

Grant recipients need to submit progress reports by the end of April 2019. Reports may be included on our website and/or in our email updates and newsletter. 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 2020.

No-cost extensions of research past the funded year may be granted based on approval of the Research Committee.

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Meniere’s Disease Grant

Next Deadline:
August 15, 2019
View the grant application guidelines.

About the Grant:
AHRF 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 AHRF.

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 point scale for scoring grants, with one being the highest score and five the lowest. Comments are not provided to applicants.

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 email updates and newsletter. 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 may be granted based on approval of the Research Committee.

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Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants

Next Deadline:
August 15, 2019
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; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; University of Miami, FL; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX).

Application, Review, and Reporting:
This grant requires a short one- to two-page summary of the project including specific aims and methods. It should be accompanied by a small budget proposal and a letter of support from the principal investigator with whom the applicant is 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 email updates and newsletter. 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 may be granted based on approval of the Research Committee.

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Georgia Birtman Grant

Periodically, AHRF gives one special grant, named for Georgia Birtman, a Chicago school teacher who generously donated $2.1 million to AHRF in 1991. This grant is not given every year. In the years in which it is given, the applicant receiving the best score is awarded the $20,000 for their research.

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