External Funding Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

This list includes several federal and private agencies that provide research funding. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but rather a guide to organizations that fund research in otolaryngology and specialty areas.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Are you an otolaryngologist looking to advance your research career? Consider applying to attend the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Lessons for Success conference. For over a decade, ASHA has been offering this highly successful grant-writing conference to early-career researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders. In an effort to accelerate interdisciplinary collaboration, ASHA is now expanding Lessons for Success to include slots specifically dedicated to otolaryngologists.

Lessons for Success aims to prepare researchers to compete successfully for federal research funding though the most appropriate mechanism for their career stage. The conference includes lectures, mock reviews, roundtable discussions, and small-group sessions focused on grant-writing skills and professional competencies needed to succeed in a research career. 

The program is achieving positive outcomes according to our most recent surveys. Two years after attending Lessons for Success, 84% of the 2013 participants considered the program influential in helping advance their research career, and 68% had successfully secured research funding. Five years after attending, 90% of the 2010 participants continued to hold an academic-research or research position, and of those who were assistant professors at the time of their participation, 63% had successfully earned tenure. 


  • Final year resident, post-residency fellow, candidacy-level MD/PhD student, or junior-level faculty (assistant professor)
  • Applied for extramural research funding (success obtaining prior funding is preferred but not required)

Date and Location: April 18-20, 2016 at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, MD

Application Instructions: www.asha.org/Research/L4S/Application-Instructions/

Deadline: January 12, 2016

Visit www.asha.org/Research/L4S/ for program and application details; contact research@asha.org with any additional questions.

The program is supported by a U13 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and is co-sponsored by ASHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Funds are provided for travel, lodging, and meals in accordance with ASHA policy.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

American Cancer Society

American Hearing Research Foundation

American Laryngological Association

American Otological Society Research Foundation

American Sleep Medicine Foundation

American Tinnitus Association

The Capita Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cleft Palate Foundation

Cosmetic Surgery Foundation

The Endocrine Society

The Hearing Center for Excellence

Hearing Health Foundation

The John Merck Fund

Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation

National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute 

National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research

National Institutes of Health Office of Strategic Coordination – The Common Fund

National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation

Plastic Surgery Foundation

Thrasher Research Fund

The Triological Society

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Health Administration Research and Development

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