The Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) requests applications from new applicants, and DRF awardees applying for a second year of funding, who are dedicated to exploring new avenues of hearing and balance science. All proposals related to research in hearing and balance, basic and applied clinical, will be considered.

DRF is a national source of private funding for basic and clinical research in hearing and balance science. Each year the organization awards research grants up to $25,000 to researchers.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants should demonstrate experience and strong research training and sufficient institutional support (facilities, time, and mentorship) to carry out the proposed work. Applicants should hold MD, PhD, or equivalent degrees and a faculty or post-doctoral appointment. Graduate students are not eligible for DRF grants. Applications from principal investigators with research funds exceeding $100,000 will not be accepted. Applications for research continuation or bridge funding should not be submitted.

First year applicants: Please use the first year application form on the Web site. Application and all supporting documentation must be sent in electronic formats. Electronic format requires a PDF file, and must be
uploaded through the site. First year application is due by 5 pm EST on December 1. Late applications will not be accepted.

Second year applicants: Second year applicants must submit a "Letter of Intent" to apply for second year funding to Trisha Donaldson, Grants and Programs Coordinator, Deafness Research Foundation, 641 Lexington Avenue,
15th Floor, New York, NY 10022 DRF by 5 pm EST on December 1. E-mails to [email protected] are acceptable. In addition, the completed second year application/progress report must be submitted in electronic format that
requires a PDF file and uploaded through the Web site. Second year application is due by 5 pm EST on January 14, 2009. Late applications will not be accepted. To download a copy of the application and view the general
instructions, please visit the Web site.

For additional information about the application process, contact Trish Donaldson at (212) 328-9483, or send an e-mail. For more information on grant policies, visit the Web site.