President Obama last month signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aiming to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, and provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health.

As part of the Act, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Washington, has received $10 billion to be used in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The portion earmarked for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is approximately $100 million.

NIH has already released two funding opportunities through the Act, including:

  • Challenge grants to support research on topic areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds.
  • Administrative supplements to provide funds for up to 2 years of support, as funds allow. You must have an active (or be in a no-cost extension) R, P, U or K series grant award from NIDCD to a domestic institution.

Click here to learn more about the Recovery Act and opportunities for NIDCD’s scientific community.

NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language and provides health information to the public.

[Source: NIDCD]