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Current Funding Announcements

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Announcement: BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007
Award Organization: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: 
Web Site: DoD: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=285269
Award Amount: $200,000 - $400,000 encouraged; $7.5M max
PoP: 5 years
Restrictions: None
Rolling Annual Programs: Open until Superseded
Pre-Application Due: Open until superseded
Full App Due: Open until superseded
Notes: For the sensory systems portion of the portfolio a goal is to pursue new capabilities in acoustic analysis, to enhance the intelligibility and usefulness of acoustic information. The primary approach is to discover, develop, and test principles derived from an advanced understanding of cortical and sub-cortical processes in the auditory brain. Included are efforts to model and control effects of noise interference and reverberation, understand the psychoacoustic basis of informational masking, develop new methods for automatic speech detection, classification, and identification, and enable efficient 3D spatial segregation of multiple overlapping acoustic sources.

AFOSR - Chemistry and Biological Sciences -Human Performance and Biosystems

Announcement: Human Performance and Biosystems
Award Organization: AFRL
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: 
Web Site: DoD: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/Welcome/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/842038#anchor2
Award Amount: Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
PoP: 3-5 years 
Restrictions: See site
Rolling Annual Programs: 
Pre-Application Due:
 Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
Full App Due:Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
Notes: The primary goal for this program is to gain a better understanding of the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological mechanisms responsible for the behavioral, genetic, cellular, tissue and systems changes resulting from various forms of bio-stimulation. Additionally, a sensory systems focus has been added to this program and the emphasis is on developing the basic scientific foundation to understand and emulate sensory information systems. Emphasis is on (a) acoustic information analysis, especially in relation to human auditory perception, and (b) sensory and sensorimotor systems that enable 3D airborne navigation and control of natural flight, e.g., in insects or bats, especially in relation to capabilities of autonomous biological systems not yet emulated in engineered flight.  For the sensory systems portion of the portfolio a goal is to pursue new capabilities in acoustic analysis, to enhance the intelligibility and usefulness of acoustic information. The primary approach is to discover, develop, and test principles derived from an advanced understanding of cortical and sub-cortical processes in the auditory brain. Included are efforts to model and control effects of noise interference and reverberation, understand the psychoacoustic basis of informational masking, develop new methods for automatic speech detection, classification, and identification, and enable efficient 3D spatial segregation of multiple overlapping acoustic sources. Signal analysis methods based upon purely statistical or other conventional "blind source" approaches are not as likely to receive support as approaches based upon auditory system concepts that emphasize higher-level neural processes not yet fully exploited in engineered algorithms for acoustic information processing. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative relationships with scientists in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

hearing health care for adults: improving Access and affordability

Announcement: PA-17-202
Award Organization: NIDCD
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R01
Web Site: Extramural: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-202.html
Award Amount:  The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
PoP: 5 years 
Restrictions: Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact a Scientific/ Research Contact at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: 5 May, 2017 
Full Application Due :  
Notes: This FOA encourages applications for research on hearing health care in adults in support of improving access and affordability.  Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing health care outcomes in adults. These goals are highlighted in the NIDCD Strategic Research Plan: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/strategic-plan/2012-2016/2012-2016-nidcd-strategic-plan

Complex Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research - Clinical Research Award (CTRR - CRA)

Announcement: W81XWH-17-CTRR-CRA
AWARD ORGANIZATION: Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs CDMRP
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PHTBI-CTRR-CRA.pdf
Award Amount: $2M
PoP:  4 Years
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: : October 11, 2017
Full Application Due :  December 27, 2017
Notes: The FY17/18 PH/TBIRP CTRR–CRA seeks research on the affected patient populations, mechanisms of comorbidities, and potential interventions relevant to TBI rehabilitation and the mission of the JPC-8/CRMRP. To meet the intent of the award mechanism, applications must be responsive to one or both of the following two FY17/18 PH/TBIRP CTRR–CRA Focus Areas:

1. Mechanisms: Investigate mechanisms of recovery following isolated or cumulative TBI(s) in Service member-relevant injuries. Investigators should explore at least one of the following: 

• Cognitive Deficits – To inform novel rehabilitation interventions that lead to the recovery of cognitive function.  

• Sensory or Sensorimotor Dysfunction – To inform novel rehabilitation interventions that lead to recovery of sensory or sensorimotor function.

2.. Ecological Assessment: Develop, evaluate, and/or validate return-to-duty outcome measures following rehabilitation in patients with TBI. Outcome measures may integrate novel or commercially available assessment technologies to enhance measure sensitivity and/or specificity. Priority will be given to outcome measures that are both ecologically valid (i.e., focused on military-specific tasks) and clinically feasible with an aim to inform return-to-duty/participation decisions in either an operational or garrison-based environment. In addition, strong applications will articulate the potential for future impact on return-to-work outcomes in both military and civilian environments. All outcome measures should quantify and characterize patient impairments, functional limitations, and barriers to participation, and the research Project Narrative should have a strong plan for validation in Service member, to include cadet, populations.

   

Hearing Restoration RESEARCH Program TRANSLATIONal Research Award

Announcement: W81XWH-17-HRRP-TRA
Award Organization: Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 
Web Site: https://ebrap.org/eBRAP/public/Program.htm
Award Amount:  $1M (plus Indirect Costs) Indirect costs may be proposed in accordance with the institution’s rate agreement
PoP: 3 Years
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due:  October 25, 2017 5 PM ET
Full Application Due : November 15, 2017 11:59 PM ET
Notes: Focus Areas:
All applications to the FY HRRP TRA mechanism must address preclinical research in one or more of the following Focus Areas:
Develop reliable in vitro human models for evaluating hearing restoration therapies. Applications should specify how the proposed model(s) is (are) better than what is currently available and how the model(s) can be used to improve the evaluation of hearing restoration therapies.
Accelerate translation of biological regeneration mechanisms into therapies that restore auditory function, including, for example, treatments that enhance:
Synaptic plasticity 
Hair cell and neural regeneration

 

Hearing Restoration Research Program Focused Research Award

Announcement: W81XWH-17-HRRP-FRA
Award Organization: Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 
Web Site: https://ebrap.org/eBRAP/public/ProgramFY.htm;jsessionid=D76D881C8356ED4B1900115AB3E608C7?programFYId=146901
Award Amount:  $750,000
PoP: 3 Years
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due:  October 25, 2017 5 PM ET
Full Application Due : November 15, 2017 11:59 PM ET
Notes: Focus Area:
 
All applications to the FY17 HRRP FRA mechanism must address research in the following Focus Area;

Develop and validate assessment techniques and or treatment methods that address functional hearing restoration, including, for examples:                                                                       

Personalized prognostic indicators of therapeutic success

Better differential diagnostic tests

Improved evaluation of treatment methods

 

american otological society research grants

Announcement:  
Award Organization: American Otological Society Research Grants
Type/Mechanism:
Activity Code: 
Web Site: http://www.americanotologicalsociety.org/research-grants
Award Amount: Research Grant for faculty, MD, or PHD - $55K per year
Fellowship Grant - Clinical Fellows, residents, medical students, post-doctoral fellows graduate students - $44K per year (includes stipend/supplies/indirect cost)
Clinical Investigations Grant - anyone can apply - $66K per year
Clinician-Scientist Award - MD who is aiming to develop career as clinician-scientist - $24K over 3 years ($80K per year)
PoP: 
Restrictions: No funding overlap is permitted
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: 1 Nov 2017
Full Application Due: 31 January 2018
Notes: Research supported by all of the grants mechanisms can relate to any aspects of the ear, hearing and balance disorders.

hearing health foundation emerging research grants

Announcement:
Award Organization: Hearing Health Foundation Emerging Research Grants
Type/Mechanism: 
Activity Code: 
Web Site: https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/how-to-apply 
Award Amount: $30,000 for 1 year
PoP:
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: 1 December 2017
Full Application Due :
Notes: Through the Emerging Research Grant (ERG) program, Hearing Health Foundation annually grants to up and coming scientist who research under-funded and under-researched General Hearing Health Disorders:
Physiology of Hearing and Balance
Epidemiology of Auditory and Vestibluar disorders
Human Otopathology
Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance
Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction
Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies
Auditory and vestibular implants, and hearing aids
Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD):
Normal and abnormal auditory processing
Creating testable models of auditory processing disorders
Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of CAPD
Genetics of CAPD
Development of screening tools and diagnostic test for CAPD including behavioral, physiologic and neuroimaging language, music, learning and communication issues related to CAPD
Hearing Loss in Children
Etiology of childhood hearing loss (e.g., genetic, infectious, traumatic)
Assessment and diagnosis of childhood hearing loss
Auditory Neuropathy
Behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and psychological consequences of childhood hearing loss
Impact of early intervention
Education of hearing impaired child
Cochlear implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants in children
Hyperacusis
Mechanisms of hyperacusis
Development of animal models
Genetics of hyperacusis
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of hyperacusis
Brain imaging, biomarkers, electrophysiology of hyperacusis
Distinctions between hyperacusis and tinnitus
Interaction between auditory nerve and trigeminal nerve information
Meniere's Disease
Mechanisms of endolymphatic hydrops incliuding mechanisms of cochlear fluid regulation
Genetics of Meniere's disease
Animal models of Meniere's disease
Imaging of hydrops
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Meniere's disease
Vestibular function and dysfunction
Tinnitus
Peripheral and central mechanisms
Roles of ion channels, ototoxicity, genetics
Subjective and objective assessment
Etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
Imaging of Tinnitus
Usher Syndrome
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Usher Syndrome
Genetics of Usher Syndrome
Role of identified genes in hearing and vision
Creation of mouse models of Usher Syndrome
Development of molecular and cellular therapies












             


 



American Neurotology society GRANT award

Announcement:
Award Organization: American Neurotology Society
Type/Mechanism: 
Activity Code: 
Web Site: http://www.americanneurotologysociety.com/ans-research-grant-award 
Award Amount: $25,000
PoP:
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: 31 January 2018 Midnight PT
Full Application Due : 
Notes: The purpose of the American Neurotology Society (ANS) Research Grant is to encourage and support academic research in sciences related to the investigation of otology and neurotology.  Appropriate areas of research include diagnosis, management, and pathogenesis of diseases of the ear and/or skull base. Grants that focus on addressing clinical gaps are especially encouraged.  Grants may involve cell/molecular studies, animal research, or human subjects research.

DOD USAMRMC FY18-FY22 Broad agency announcement for extramural medical research

Announcement: W81XWH18SBAA1
Award Organization: U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Commnad's
Type/Mechanism: Grants Notice
Activity Code: USC, Title 10, Section 2358
Web Site: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=W81XWH18SBAA1
Award Amount:  
PoP: 4 years 
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: Oct 1, 2017
Full Application Due :  September 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notes: Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program focus on the innovations required to reset our wounded Service members, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life. Innovations developed from CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. 
The CRMRP focuses its efforts on the following research areas: neuromusculoskeletal injury (including limb trauma and amputation), sensory systems impairment (including hearing, balance, tinnitus, and vision), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine.

Quick Fact

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In the military, hearing is fundamental to the instruction, teamwork, and reporting skills needed to accomplish any mission.

improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communications

Announcement: PA-18-288
Award Organization: National Institute of Health
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R21 Exploratory Development Research Grant
Web Site: http://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/nih-guide-to-grants-and-contracts.cfm?searchTerms=Hearing&PAsToo=1&RFAsToo=1&NoticesToo=0&OrderOn=RelDate&OrderDirection=DESC&RelDate_On_After=2016-01-1308:32:19.137 
Award Amount:  The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000.  No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. 
PoP: 3 years 
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: Jan. 17, 2018 
Full Application Due :  May 8, 2020
Notes: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. 

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01 CLINICAL Trial Optional)

Announcement: PA-18-287
Award Organization: National Institute of Health
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R01 Research Project Grant
Web Site: http://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/nih-guide-to-grants-and-contracts.cfm?searchTerms=Hearing&PAsToo=1&RFAsToo=1&NoticesToo=0&OrderOn=RelDate&OrderDirection=DESC&RelDate_On_After=2016-01-1308:32:19.137 
Award Amount:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 
PoP: 5 years 
Restrictions: 
Pre-Application Due: Jan 6, 2018
Full Application Due :  May 8, 2020
Notes: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. 

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