Funding Opportunities

Small Grant Funding

The ARO invites proposals for funding of small grants (up to $1000) to support activities either in the US or internationally that would enhance our mission and visibility as the premier hearing research organization in the world. Some specific activities that could be considered include:

  1. Sponsorship of an invited lecture for an ARO-member at a meeting, either national or international, particularly one at which ARO does not typically have a presence.
  2. Partial support of small 'local' research meetings that serve as a venue for members to meet to discuss focused topics; student participation may be targeted in these grants.
  3. Partial support of symposium at an international meeting, for presentations by ARO members, on a topic of interest to members of that society and attendees of the meeting.

Requirements: applicants must be ARO members, and lectures/events must include a slide and/or other materials that acknowledge ARO support. The ARO will fund up to three grants per year.

This year's deadline for submission of application is October 1, 2019, for activities to take place in the 2020 calendar year. Notification will take place by December 4, 2019.  Please send proposals to ARO headquarters at [email protected].

Hearing Restoration Research Program (HRRP), Department of Defense

Pre-applications are due July 16, 2019.

 The FY19 HRRP Focused Research Award (FRA) mechanism is intended to support promising research that will accelerate drug discovery and therapeutic development for hearing restoration or accelerate advances in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of auditory dysfunction. 
We offer two Funding Levels.  Funding Level 1 (maximum direct cost $250,000) supports exploratory, high-risk/high-rew
ard research that is in the earliest stages of idea development.  Funding Level 2 (maximum direct costs $1,000,000) supports the advancement of more mature research toward clinical translation.  Funding Level 2 may include a pilot clinical trial component where limited clinical testing of a novel intervention is conducted to inform the feasibility, rationale, and design of subsequent clinical trials.  Funding Level 2 applications with the Pilot Clinical Trial Option has a maximum direct cost of $1.25M.  For more information click here.

Discovery Research Grants
TRIH Grants

NIDCD would like to draw your attention to soon-to-be published funding opportunities for Down syndrome research.  The INCLUDE project (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE) recently released a Notice of Intent to Publish four upcoming funding opportunities NOT-OD-19-051.  NIDCD will participate in each of these opportunities.  The turn-around time to application submission will be rapid, which is why we are alerting you now.

Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 

 Image courtesy of Sam Van Der Jeught and Joris Dirckx;
Thickness map of human eardrum obtained with Optical Coherence Tomography.
courtesy of Sam Van der Jeught