AHRF: Regular, Meniere’s Disease, and ACI Alliance / AHRF Grants

American Hearing Research Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $40,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019

Applicant type: Working Professional Faculty College / University Hospital / Clinic Research Scientist Doctor

Funding uses: Clinical Behavioral, Biomedical

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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At its discretion, the American Hearing Research Foundation offers different grant mechanisms each year.

AHRF Regular Grants 

The Foundation typically funds six (6) to eight (8) regular research grants that investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Grants are for either $20,000 or $40,000 for one (1) year of research.

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.

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).

Meniere’s Disease Grant

The Foundation also 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 the Foundation.

ACI Alliance/ AHRF Grant 

In 2018, 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. This grant is intended to support the planning of a future study to address societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss.

Research topic: Planning for a Study on the Societal Costs of Severe-Profound Hearing Loss.

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 be limited to:

  • Population (adults, children or both) 
  • Data collection plan
  • Method for demonstrating cost effectiveness
  • Personnel
  • Budget and timeline to undertake a future study

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants should hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.
  • Grant funds may only be used for direct costs, including salaries of technical and supporting staff, equipment related to the research, and supplies.
  • Award selection criteria will include creativity, and the degree to which the proposal may advance access to cochlear implantation.
  • ACI Alliance/ AHRF Grant:
    • 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.


  • AHRF Regular Grants: 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.


  • Funding may not be used for salary of the principal 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.

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