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Thursday, March 8, 2018  
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Funding Opportunity!

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-reward 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


NIDCD would like to draw your attention to soon-to-be published funding opportunities for Down syndrome researchThe 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.



The Fondation Pour l’Audition, a public-interest foundation, has committed to an ambitious program of research, healthcare and disease prevention in the field of hearing health. As part of this mission, it rewards and supports research pioneers in Hearing Sciences.

Hearing health is a major public health issue: worldwide, more than 466 million people, including 32 million children, have incapacitating hearing loss. Through its commitment, the Fondation Pour l’Audition aims to promote scientific progress, provide new solutions and offer new hope to people impacted by hearing loss.

At a time when a new a new Hearing Research Institute, the Institut de l’Audition, is due to open in the heart of Paris and major progress is being made in Hearing Sciences, such as inner ear gene therapy, the Fondation Pour l’Audition is reinforcing its contribution by encouraging young French talents and paying tribute to scientific breakthroughs in France, and for the first time, worldwide.


Previously French in scope, the Scientific Grand Prize is now open to international candidates, reflecting the Foundation’s ambition and commitment to supporting research worldwide.

This award pays tribute to scientists and doctors whose work represents a major breakthrough in Hearing Sciences, offering new hope to all. Since these scientific advances go beyond borders, the Fondation Pour l’Audition wants to support experts who are accelerating progress in Hearing Research, wherever they are – in France or abroad.

This Grand Prize is open to active researchers and clinicians. Each nomination must be submitted by a peer, who should highlight the candidate’s qualities and achievements. The criteria evaluated include their standing and reputation in the scientific and medical community, their expertise, experience and achievements, the quality and excellence of their research, and finally the impact of their work on hearing health.

Once the nominations have been evaluated by the Fondation Pour l’Audition’s independent Ad Hoc selection committee, the winning nomination is submitted for approval to the Foundation’s Scientific Committee*.  The laureate of the Grand Prize is awarded €100,000.  


The Fondation Pour l’Audition Early Career Scientific Prize is awarded annually to two French investigators in recognition of the excellence of their work and its impact on Hearing Sciences in two categories: clinical research and basic research.

To apply, candidates must be scientists or clinicians working at a university or public research institution. The age limit is 45. As for the Grand Prize, each candidate must be nominated by a peer.

Once their eligibility has been verified by the Fondation Pour l’Audition, the nominations are evaluated by an Ad Hoc selection committee composed of independent hearing science experts.

This committee considers the quality and excellence of candidates’ research and proposes one laureate per category to the Fondation Pour l’Audition Scientific Committee.  Each laureate is awarded €40,000.

For more information click here.

Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 



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