Emerging Research Grants

Funding Agency:
Hearing Health Foundation

Through the Emerging Research Grants (ERG) program, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) provides seed money to researchers working on the entire spectrum of hearing research and balance research, including many underfunded areas of otology. The ERG program has since 1958 played a foundational role in the careers of many academic researchers and clinicians in otolaryngology and related hearing and balance fields. As the program’s remit is so broad, HHF solicits applications for ERG awards under a number of opportunity types.

The General Hearing Health grant opportunity supports projects across the broadest spectrum of hearing research and balance research, from improving audiological assessments and cochlear implants to gene editing, ototoxicity, sensory cues in maintaining postural balance, and links between hearing and other health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There are also dedicated disorder-specific grant opportunities for Age-Related Hearing Loss, Central Auditory Processing Disorders, Hearing Loss in Children, Hyperacusis, Tinnitus, Ménière’s Disease, and Usher Syndrome.

ERG awards are for up to $50,000 per year, one year in length in the first instance, and renewable for a second year. The program is governed by the Council of Scientific Trustees, which is comprised of senior researchers and physicians from across the nation who assess each application for scientific merit and relevance. The ERG program is particularly targeted to early career researchers, but has funding streams open to researchers at all career stages.

Deadline: Feb. 29, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Age-related hearing loss

  • Auditory and vestibular implants; hearing aids

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance

  • Epidemiology of auditory and vestibular disorders

  • Hearing loss in children and pediatric hearing disorders

  • Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction

  • Human otopathology

  • Hyperacusis

  • Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies

  • Ménière’s disease

  • Physiology of hearing and balance

  • Tinnitus

  • Usher syndrome

  • Vestibular disorders

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for an Emerging Research Grant you must:

  • hold an Au.D., M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and 

  • hold an appointment at a nonprofit educational, governmental, or other research institution located in the United States. Appointments include faculty, postdoctoral fellow, or clinical/research fellow. Current medical residents in otolaryngology may also apply. Other medical residents and Ph.D. students are not eligible. 

HHF especially welcomes applications from Early Stage Investigators (ESIs are no more than 10 years from most recent terminal degree or medical residency). Several grant opportunities are also open to senior investigators.

Please note that submission of an application requires the approval of an authorized signatory at your institution. Ensure you leave enough time for this step to be completed. Late applications and applications that have not received institutional approval will not be accepted. If an institutional commitment by Duke University or a Duke University institutional signature is required for your application, the application must be reviewed by the Office of Research Administration (for School of Medicine and School of Nursing) or Office of Research Support (Campus Schools and Centers).

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 29, 2024