FAQs: CORE

What is the CORE program?

The CORE program is a collaboration between the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, senior/subspecialty societies, foundations and sponsors to provide a uniform centralized research grant application, review, and administration process. This process was designed to achieve three objectives:

  1. Provide support for the most meritorious research in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery;
  2. Educate young investigators to prepare competitive grant applications; and
  3. Prepare more surgeon-scientists to serve as peer reviewers for NIH and other research agencies.

The CORE program also brings greater scale and less fragmentation and overlap to otolaryngology - head and neck surgery research opportunities, reduces the aggregate costs of the individual grant programs, and enables a comprehensive overview of the spectrum of promising otolaryngology and head and neck surgery research/researchers to promote to NIH and other agencies.

Who are the members of CORE?

The CORE contributing societies, foundations and sponsors are:

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Foundation
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF)
  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
  • American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF)
  • The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc. (The Triological Society)
  • American Laryngological Voice and Research Education Foundation (ALVRE)
  • American Neurotology Society (ANS)
  • American Rhinology Society (ARS)
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)
  • Deafness Research Foundation (DRF)
  • The Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF)
  • Sponsor: XORAN Technologies, Inc.

How does CORE work?

Each participating Society has agreed to have its grant application and review process handled through the CORE Study Sections which is made up of three subcommittees include: Otology, Head and Neck Surgery and General Otolaryngology. The reviewers that serve on these subcommittees are made up of experienced investigators and representative physicians from the coordinating societies and foundations.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due every year by December 15. If this date falls on a weekend, then applications are due the next business day. The LOI requires your name, institution, the title of your project, a brief abstract, and asks you to categorize the topic by specialty. The LOI is a non-binding agreement. The LOIs help us to gauge how many reviewers might be needed for each subcommittee to review the expected volume of applications.

Applications must be submitted ONLINE through proposalCENTRAL by the close of business, January 15. If this day falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted one business day after the deadline.

Each application is assigned to at least two independent expert reviewers who read the application and submit a written report covering predetermined review criteria. All reviewers then meet in March to discuss the applications and assign a priority score to each, based on significance, approach, and feasibility of the research plan. The applications with the top scores are placed on a list for recommended funding. Each application receives a detailed Summary Statement of the review (aka "pink sheet" or critique) discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the application. This can be a valuable learning tool for future grant-writing efforts.

The applications, Review Summary Statements, and funding recommendations are provided to the governing bodies of the funding organizations: those for AAO-HNSF grants are sent to its Board of Directors; and those for Society grants are sent to their respective Councils, via the CORE Executive Committee. The Society is free to accept the recommendations of the CORE Study Section or not and makes funding decisions independently. Winners are notified in late April or early May depending upon when the final decision is made by the funding organization.

I have additional questions; who do I contact?

Stephanie L. Jones, Assistant Director, Research and Quality at 1-703-535-3747 or sljones@entnet.org is the CORE grant program administrator and can answer most of your questions. However, if you have clinical questions related to a specific grant mechanism, we suggest you contact the sister society or foundation individual listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the grant you are considering.