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Research Funding


View listings of current research funding opportunities, especially those related to federal government grants, or explore potential funding sources from the private sector for hearing research and development needs.

Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs Funding

  • Defense Health Program (DHP)

    The DHP Research and Development (RDT&E) capability area of Force Health Protection and Readiness (FHP&R) within the Military Health Service (MHS) oversees and provides direction for the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of DHP RDT&E activities. RDT&E activity funding includes DHP elements from 6.1 (basic research) through 6.7 (product/capability enhancement). The RDT&E capability area:

    • Assures that RDT&E planning and programming align to the requirements of the MHS strategic plan and mitigate Joint Force Health Protection/Joint Capability Document(s) capability gaps related to medical materiel solutions.
    • Applies a sense of urgency to the acquisition and insertion of medical/health technologies and other medical materiel solutions into JFHP/MHS capabilities and systems.
    • Makes broad investments in basic and applied medical research and development that increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options and solutions for the future.
    • Ensures optimal research investment for the health, safety and care of DoD warfighters and other beneficiaries.
    • Promotes DoD-wide awareness of, and access to, private sector cutting-edge biomedical expertise and technology.
    • Assures expedited technology and product transition from bench and field research to DoD beneficiaries including warfighters.
    • Works to ensure that U.S. food and agriculture facilities and processes are secure.
    • Informs service members, their families and interested others about DoD, and other federally-funded, research on deployment-related health issues.
    • Encourages the ethical conduct of research with humans and animals.
    • Works to coordinate research activities to enhance a service member’s ability to carry out the mission in question.
    • Provides information and guidance on issues or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) surrounding DoD biomedical research.
  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

    The office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is funded through the DoD via annual congressional legislation known as the Defense Appropriations Act. For most programs, the D-D sends a multi-year budget request to Congress in the form of the President's budget. However, dollars for the CDMRP are not considered part of the DoD's core mission, and are therefore not included in the DoD's requested budget. Rather, the dollars to fund CDMRP are added every year during the budget approval cycle by members of the House or Senate in response to requests by consumer advocates and disease survivors.

    CDMRP appropriations have funded almost $7 billion dollars worth of research since 1992, awarding funding to over 10 thousand grants/contracts in 29 research areas. Those most relevant to the HCE’s mission include:

    • Defense Medical R&D (FY 2012 appropriations of $153.2 million)
    • Deployment Related Medical (FY 2012 appropriations of $101.9 million)
    • DoD/VA (FY 2012 appropriations of $6.8 million)
    • Institutionally Based Programs (FY 2012 appropriations of $486.31 million)
    • Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (FY 2012 appropriations of $594.5 million)
    • Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury (FY 2012 appropriations of $476.9 million)

    These programs are often applicable, directly or indirectly, to hearing-related research areas. However, the HCE is working to create a hearing and/or sensory-specific research area within the CDMRP portfolio.

  • Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP)

    The Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) is directed by the Defense Health Program Enhancement initiative in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The DMRDP is funded via non-congressional special interest appropriated dollars. Program execution is managed by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), with program priorities identified by the Joint Program Committees (JPCs) and focused on combat casualty care, military clinical and rehabilitative medicine, military infectious diseases, and military operational medicine. Intramural and extramural research projects are funded via the DMRDP to promote program objectives, including the:

    • Discovery and exploration of innovative approaches to protect, support and advance the health and welfare of military personnel, families and communities.
    • Acceleration of the transition of medical technologies into deployed products.
    • Acceleration of the translation of advances in knowledge into new standards of care for injury prevention, treatment of casualties, rehabilitation and training systems that can be applied in theater or in the clinical facilities of the MHS.

    The USAMRMC offices of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) are involved in program management at various execution milestones.

  • Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

    The TATRC performs medical reconnaissance and special operations to address critical gaps that are underrepresented in DoD medical research programs. TATRC is an office of the headquarters of the USAMRMC. TATRC fosters research on health informatics, telemedicine/m-Health, medical training systems, and computational biology. It also promotes and manages science and engineering in other key portfolios.

    Through an extensive network of partners, TATRC is focused at both ends of the research spectrum, exploring models of high risk and innovative research and putting research findings into the hands of warfighters while looking toward wider civilian utility. TATRC augments core medical research programs through special funding and partnership opportunities.Acoustic trauma was added as a portfolio component under TATRC in 2009 in response to the marked increase in hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders among military service members returning from current conflicts. The focus of the portfolio component is to establish a collaborative multidisciplinary effort with scientists, engineers and industry to provide short and long-term solutions for the military. Current areas of focus include hearing/ear blast protection, medical treatment of acoustic trauma, objective measurement of tinnitus, tinnitus treatment, and hearing and vestibular rehabilitation. The portfolio’s key emphasis is on practical solutions to directly benefit the war fighter, but all areas of acoustic trauma that yield benefits to the military, its veterans and beneficiaries are of interest.

  • DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

    SBIR: The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development. Specific programs issues small business grants with the purpose to:

    • Stimulate technological innovation.
    • Use small business to meet federal research and development needs.
    • Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged SBCs working in technological innovation endeavors.
    • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development, thereby increasing competition, productivity and economic growth.

    STTR: The STTR program is a sister program to the SBIR program, established by Congress in 1992 to fullfil a similar statutory purpose as SBIR. A major difference in the two programs is that the STTR requires the small business to have a research partner consisting of a university, federally-funded research and development center, or a qualified nonprofit research institution. In STTR, the small business must be the prime contractor and perform at least 40 percent of the work, with the research partner performing at least 30 percent of the work. The remaining balance can be completed by either party and/or a third party.

    Further SBIR/STTR programs exist within each Service component. More information on each of these programs can be found following the links below

  • Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA)

    JIDA leads DoD actions to rapidly provide counter-Improvised Expolosive Device (IED) capabilities in support of combatant commanders and to enable the defeat of the IED as a weapon of strategic influence.

  • Joint Incentive Fund (JIF)

    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2003, Section 721, authorizes a DoD/ VA “Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund.” The purpose of the fund is to provide seed money for creative sharing initiatives at facility, regional and national levels to facilitate the mutually-beneficial coordination, use or exchange of health care resources. The ultimate goal is to improve access to, and enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of, health care provided to beneficiaries of both departments. The minimum VA and DoD contributions to the fund for FY 2004 to 2010 were $15 million, totaling $30 million per year. During that time, over 80 initiatives were funded. NDAA 2010 extended the JIF program until September 30, 2015. 

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

    AFOSR manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the AFRL, AFOSR's technical experts foster and fund research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs.

    To accomplish this task, AFOSR solicits proposals for research through various Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). One or more proposals may be submitted on any topic(s) listed in a BAA. All AFOSR funding opportunities are required to be posted on

    Application forms and instructions are available at To access these materials, go to There, you can search for and apply to opportunities posted by all grant-issuing federal agencies. The opportunity title acts as a clickable link to information on the BAA in question. You can also search by CFDA number. To find AFOSR opportunities, search CDFA numbers 12.800, 12.630 and 12.910.

  • Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)

    The DoD’s RIF, formerly known as the Rapid Innovation Program (RIP), is usually released in the form of a BAA.

    The RIF is designed to transition innovative technologies, primarily from small businesses, that resolve DoD operational challenges including joint urgent operation needs.

  • VA Office of Research and Development (ORD)

    The VA ORD seeks to discover knowledge, develop VA researchers and health care leaders, and create innovations that advance health care for our veterans and the nation.

    ORD consists of four research services that together form a cohesive whole to explore all phases of veterans' health care needs. Each service oversees a number of renowned research centers nationwide.

Other Federal Funding

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services. As part of the HHS, AHRQ supports research that ultimately serves to improve health outcomes and enhance decision making. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

    CFDA provides a full listing of all federal programs, projects, services and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. The Web site contains information about both financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the federal government. The Web site enables a user to search assistance by agency or program.

  • Health & Human Services (HHS)

    HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of citizens and providing essential human services. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. The HHS Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year.

  • National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

    NCCDPHP is at the forefront of the nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. NCCDPHP works with many diverse partners, including state and local health and education departments, other federal health agencies, international and national health organizations, academic institutions, philanthropic foundations, industry and labor groups, and professional, voluntary and community organizations, in order to support and fund innovation.

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

    The NIA, one of the 27 entities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending the healthy, active years of life for more people.

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

    NIDCD, as part of NIH, is one of the federal government's focal points for the support of biomedical research. As part of the HHS, NIH's mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose and treat disease and disability.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

    The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

    The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. To accomplish this goal the NINDS supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research on the normal and diseased nervous system. The Institute also fosters the training of investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

    NIOSH focuses on the prevention of illnesses, injuries and deaths caused by hazards on the job. NIOSH sponsors research and training through its extramural programs, which complement the Institute's intramural programs.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to "promote the progress of science; to advance national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure national defense …" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (according to FY 2010 figures), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally-supported research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

  • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

    The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a cooperative effort among the 16 entities that support neuroscience research. By pooling resources and expertise, the Blueprint identifies cross-cutting areas of research and confronts challenges too large for any other single NIH entity.

  • NIH Clinical Center

    As America's research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center leads the global effort in training today's investigators and discovering tomorrow's cures. Through clinical research (including research focused on rare and high-impact diseases), clinicians and investigators support the NIH mission by translating laboratory discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve the nation's health.

  • NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER)

    The OER provides the leadership, oversight tools and guidance needed to administer and manage NIH grants policies and operations.

  • NIH SBIR/STTR Program

  • NSF Division of Graduate Education (DGE)

    DGE leads the NSF’s efforts to attract the most talented U.S. students into graduate-level programs and to support and encourage them in their quest to become tomorrow’s leading scientists and engineers. In the past year, DGE supported approximately 4500 students in graduate programs in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

  • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

    The SBIR/STTR program promotes technological innovation and economic growth by investing federal funds in small businesses, strengthening the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs, increasing private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development funding and encouraging participation from economically disadvantaged demographics. The SBIR/STTR Program Web site provides a listing of open/future solicitations, awards, news, events, and FAQs.

  • U.S. Federal Grants is used for finding and applying for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) serves as the managing partner for

Foundations and Professional Societies Funding

  • The American Neurotology Society

    The American Neurotology Society (ANS) is committed to improving public health care through the provision of high-quality continuing medical education (CME) to its members. The ANS website provides information about membership, conferences, awards and other pertinent organization and CME information.

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

    As the organization’s primary online destination, the American Academy of Otolarynology Head and Neck Surgery’s website serves to support specialists, scientists and administrators working on the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Website features include a meeting schedule, membership details, professional development opportunities, research guidelines and health information for consumers.

  • The American Otological Society

    The American Otological Society promotes innovation and fosters and funds research focused on Meniere’s disease and otosclerosis in its Research Grants and Clinical Investigations Research Grants. The AOS promotes training of physician-scientists with its Clinician-Scientist Awards and Fellowship and Medical Student Training Grants. It also fosters knowledge and best practice sharing via annual meetings and publications. The Web site aggregates the organization’s key resources, including grant applications, forms, newsletters and abstract instructions.

  • American Hearing Research Foundation

    The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) funds research in hearing and balance disorders and works to educate the public about such issues. The Foundation’s Web site provides grant application guidelines and information about awards and funding opportunities.

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

    The ASHFoundation raises funds to support research, education and clinical excellence to help improve the lives of people living with speech, language or hearing disorders. The Foundation issues awards for research grants, graduate student scholarships, clinical recognition awards and special initiatives, and has already awarded over $5,578,120 since its inception. The ASHFoundation’s Web site provides information on award recipients and funding opportunities.

  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

    FNIH is an independent, charitable organization that fosters partnerships to advance the health/medical field and improve collaboration between biomedical researchers from academia, industry and nonprofit sectors. The Foundation’s Web site provides opportunities to get involved with Foundation activities in various activities, either as a donor, prospective grantee or other participant.

  • Geneva Foundation

    The Geneva Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports and advances innovative medical research and excellence in education within the U.S. military. They build enduring partnerships dedicated to the health and well-being of service members, their families, and our global Community

  • Hearing Health Foundation

    Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is the largest private funder of hearing research, with a mission to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through ground-breaking research.

  • Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Inc.

    As the nonprofit arm of the Lions Club, the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation provides sight and hearing assistance to Oregon citizens in need. Its website provides inform on forms, awards, events and opportunities to donate.

  • Speech Pathology Australia

    Speech Pathology Australia, a leading association for speech pathology professionals, provides professional development opportunities, advocacy, resources, publications and other information to support and advance the field. The organization provides a comprehensive website complete with materials for members and the public.

  • Starkey Hearing Foundation

    The Starkey Hearing Foundation raises money to support the international distribution of hearing aids as well as research and education. Its website includes information on programs, an events calendar, a newsletter archive and other important resources.

Private, International, and Miscellaneous Funding

  • Action on Hearing Loss (formerly "Royal National Institute for Deaf People")

    Action on Hearing’s mission is to foster a “world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, tinnitus is silenced and people value and look after their hearing.” On the Action on Hearing’s website, one can find opportunities to get involved in campaigning/advocacy, fundraising, volunteering and research.

  • Fondation Pour l'Audition

    With the goal of advancing research, the Fondation Pour l'Audition invites the scientific and medical community to submit research projects in Hearing Sciences through an annual call for proposals covering basic, clinical, applied, sociological and epidemiological research. Funding is also available for master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, MD research fellows, laboratories and biotechs.

  • National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD)

    The NFD is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that serves the interests of those suffering from hearing impairments in New Zealand. The website provides details about the organization’s membership groups, scholarships and grants.

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