NIDCD National Human Ear Tissue Laboratory Resource for Hearing and Balance Research (U24)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This FOA will establish a laboratory as a national technological resource for auditory and vestibular researchers who use human inner and middle ear tissues for a range of basic and clinical studies. The Laboratory will develop and provide technical services for procuring, preparing, sectioning and distributing high-quality human ear tissues; develop and disseminate techniques for improved tissue preservation and for imaging human middle and inner ear structures, including cellular and membranous components; and provide opportunities for technical instruction in the special skills needed to prepare ear and use tissues from post-mortem human temporal bones.  A cooperative agreement will coordinate interactions with the research community to maximize impact and novelty while avoiding duplicative efforts.  This resource will benefit a broad spectrum of research projects, including clinical and translational, by providing a critical link towards the translation of animal studies to the human ear and eventually the clinic, for the NIDCD mission to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat deafness and other communication disorders.   


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): February 29, 2016
  • Application Due Date(s): March 31, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

​RFA-DC-17-001 Expiration Date April 1, 2016

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Amount Description

Direct costs may not exceed $475,000 in each year.

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is five years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

March 31, 2016