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American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) Grants

Grants to USA Individuals for Research into Ear Health
and the Hearing and Balance Functions of the Ear

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Grants to USA individuals with an MD, PhD, AuD, or equivalent degree for research projects that relate to ear health, the hearing or balance functions of the inner ear, and for otolaryngology residency research. There are up to five different awards available, as outlined below:

AHRF Regular Grants: To investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. 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.

Meniere's Disease Grant: AHRF occasionally awards grants specifically related to the study of Meniere’s disease.

Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant: AHRF is matching an individual donor’s contribution to provide funding. This donor was affected by sudden hearing loss, in two instances 38 years apart. The donor would like to spur investigation in the field.

Grant funds for the three grant awards above 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 cannot be more than 80% of the direct costs.

Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants: AHRF offers awards to otolaryngology residents to support research projects during their residency.

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 grant for their research.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158225

Number of Grants:

Each year five to ten seed grants are awarded. The Foundation typically funds six to eight regular research grants, up to five Bernard and Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants, one Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant and occasionally awards a Meniere's Disease Grant. Periodically a Georgia Birtman Grant is given.

Estimated Size of Grant:

AHRF Regular Grants: $20,000 - $50,000. Depending on funds available, grant amounts occasionally may be adjusted at the discretion of AHRF.
Meniere's Disease Grant: $20,000 - $25,000
Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant: $40,000
Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants: $1,000
Georgia Birtman Grant $20,000

Term of Contract:

- AHRF Grants are for one year of research.
- The Meniere's Disease Grant is for one year of research.
- The Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant is for a one-year project.
- Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants are for one year of research.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, AuD, 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.

Applicants for Bernard & Lottie Drazin Memorial Grants must be otolaryngology residents at these specific universities:
- Northwestern University
- Loyola University Chicago
- University of Illinois
- University of Chicago
- Rush University
- 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

Funding may not be used for the salary of the principal investigator, travel, conference attendance, educational costs, or indirect costs for AHRF Regular Grants, the Meniere's Disease Grant, and the Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Grants are paid in January 2020.

Proposals are reviewed by the AHRF Research Committee in mid-October and applicants are notified of the status of their grants soon thereafter for AHRF Regular Grants, the Meniere's Disease Grant, and the Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss Grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application form:

If your PDF is larger than 5 MB, please email the PDF and application form data to

American Hearing Research Foundation
275 N. York Street, Suite 201
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 617-5079

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