Hearing Health Foundation—Emerging Research Grant

February 26, 2021

Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) awards grants once a year for the project period of October 1 – September 30. HHF Emerging Research Grants are intended primarily for promising researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and focusing on hearing loss, hearing restoration and hearing and balance related conditions. Senior investigators are also eligible for grants in specific hearing and balance topics. 

Applications will be considered for research on specified research topic areas of the auditory and vestibular systems to be listed in the Request for Applications; both fundamental and clinical research proposals are welcome. HHF grants up to $50,000 per year for each research project for an initial period of one (1) year, renewable for one (1) additional year. 

Priority is given to new investigators in the field of hearing and balance and to projects that are likely to open new lines of inquiry. New and innovative projects developed by established scientists will also be considered.  

2021-2022 Grant Opportunities: Below will you will find the topics for the specific grant opportunities within ERG: 

  • Age-Related Hearing Loss (New from 2020) 
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder 
  • General Hearing Health 
  • Hearing Loss in Children 
  • Hyperacusis 
  • Ménière's Disease 
  • Tinnitus 
  • Usher Syndrome 

Deadline: February 26 

Dollar Amount: up to $100,000 over 2 years 

Eligibility: For all applicants: 

  • Applicants should demonstrate experience and strong research training as well as sufficient institutional support (facilities and time as well as mentorship, if applicable) to carry out the proposed work. 
  • Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., Au.D. or equivalent degree. 
  • The applicant must hold an appointment at a non-profit educational, governmental or research institution within the U.S. Appointments may include faculty, postdoctoral fellow, or clinical/research fellow. Otolaryngology residents are eligible to apply. Other medical residents and graduate students are not eligible to apply. 
  • The proposed research must address one of the hearing and balance topics advertised in the ERG Request for Applications. In the application, the applicant must provide justification for the relevance of the proposed research to the designated ERG topic area. 
  • PIs in early stages of independent research careers are especially encouraged to apply.   

Eligibility for “General Hearing Health” applicants (Limited to early career researchers): 

  • Principal Investigators should be in the early stages of independent research careers (within 7 years of completing their terminal degree).   
  • If the applicant is a postdoctoral fellow, it is expected that he or she be at the senior level (e.g., 3 or more years of postdoctoral training). 
  • Further, the applicant must demonstrate in the application that he or she is on a pathway to professional independence in his or her academic career. Specifically, the applicant should indicate how the proposed aims will help with his or her transition toward independence from the mentor, including how the proposed research is distinct from the mentor's research program. 
  • Applicants cannot be a current or prior PI on a major independent research award (e.g., R00, R03, R21, R01, VA Merit, DoD, or equivalent). Prior appointment on fellowship/training grants, or prior service as a PI on a mentored career development award, is allowable. 
  • Applicants may not concurrently receive support for the proposed project of more than $75,000 per annum in direct costs from any other combined source(s) during the Project period. Funding of pending awards during the HHF Project Period may necessitate the return of the balance of the HHF award. 

Full RFP: https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/how-to-apply  

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