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Research Grant

NEW in 2015-16

The American Otological Society is committed to the non-promotional advancement of knowledge and science and to a free exchange of medical education in otology and neurotology. The American Otological Society, Inc., through its Research Fund, is offering Research Grant Awards, an Award for a Clinical Trial, full-time Research Training Fellowships, and a Clinician-Scientist Award. Research supported by all of the grant mechanisms can relate to any aspects of the ear, hearing and balance disorders. This represents a change from past restrictions that required the Research Grant Awards and Awards for Clinical Trials to focus on Otosclerosis or Ménière’s disease.

The American Otological Society uses an NIH-like application format for this grant program. Specifically, PHS Form 398 is used and applicants are to follow those instructions unless it is a portion of the application that we have modified..

1) Please focus on one project. 2) Please follow the NIH guidelines for ''Sponsor and Co-Sponsor Information." I apologize-we thought that this was included under PHS 398 guidelines. I have just found it instead in the NIH's site for Fellowship applications (F-series). The link is:  Please go to p 124 of the PDF file, where the components of this are described.
Please review complete instructions, provided within the application.

FY16 Unified Grants Application - MS Word
FY16 Research Grant Guidelines - PDF
FY16 AOS Clinician-Scientist Guidelines - PDF
FY16 Research Fellowship Guidelines - PDF
FY16 Clinical Investigations Research Grants - PDF
FY16 General policies for all AOS grants - PDF


The American Otological Society can only accept grant applications and reference letters electronically. Please prepare your application electronically with your preferred word-processor, and after that convert the final document to a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.  (We discourage scanning paper documents, as lower quality resolution usually is the result.)

Please submit your final application by email in the PDF format. Reference letters may be electronically prepared and signed as PDF documents, or may be scanned as PDF documents, in order that they may be submitted as part of the grant application. If your application is accepted for funding, you will be required to submit the original signature documents and reference letters to the American Otological Society Administrative Office at 4960 Dover St NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703.

The grants and reference letters are to be submitted via email to Dr. John Carey, Executive Secretary of the American Otological Society Research Fund, and to Kristen Bordignon, Administrator for the American Otological Society Research Fund, mail to:

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015, to be considered for funding the following
July 1.




A letter of intent must be submitted by December 31st,

one month prior to deadline for the applications.  The letter must state the grant mechanism for the proposal, the Principal Investigator and Institution(s) for the work, provide a working title, and contain an abstract of no more than 500 words to summarize the proposal sufficiently to allow the Executive Secretary to identify appropriate reviewers.  To the extent possible, the abstract should note specific methods to be used so as to facilitate the selection of reviewers.

Completed applications must be received by January 31st

for consideration of funding to start on July 1st of the same year. Please allow time to obtain necessary approvals and signatures.  Applications should be accompanied by a completed checklist affixed to the face page of the application.

Applications are reviewed by members of the Board of Trustees of the AOS Research Fund.  The Board makes recommendations regarding funding to the AOS Council.  Final funding decisions are made by the AOS Council, which typically meets during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings, yielding decisions in mid-May.  Applicants are notified regarding a funding decision after the AOS Council has met.

Click here to download and view "Fast facts about AOS Grants".

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015

Kristen Bordignon
American Otological Society
Ph: 217-638-0801
Fax: 727-800-9428

The American Otological Society is committed to the non-promotional advancement of knowledge and science and to a free exchange of medical education in otology and neurotology.

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