CORE Grants Program


The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program is a collaboration of several societies and industry supporters focused on providing support for research in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

About the CORE Grants Program

Since 1985, CORE has played a vital role by awarding more than 600 grants and more than $13 million for research projects, research training, and career development to further the specialty of otolaryngology. These grants, ranging in award size from $5,000 to $150,000, have been essential for increasing the research base for otolaryngology.

The CORE program 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.

Key Information

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) applications open on ProposalCentral – October 16, 2023 
  • LOI Deadline -December 15, 2023, 11:59 pm (ET)  
  • Full grant application submission deadline – January 16, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET)
  • Review of grant applications – January – April 2024
  • CORE Study Section – VIRTUAL – March 15-16, 2024
  • Review by governing bodies – May 2024
  • Award announcements made by granting society – June 2024

Prepare to Apply – Start Early!

Get Informed

The CORE Grants application process requires close coordination between investigators and grants administrators. Work with your institution’s central grants office early to learn how your institution is managing the submission process.

Get Registered

All Principal Investigators must have a ProposalCentral account. If your institution is not already listed in the ProposalCentral system, you will need to work with your grants administrator to get your institution registered.

Your ProposalCentral account will stay with you throughout your career. The same account can be affiliated with multiple institutions. You are responsible for maintaining your account information.

Find Funding Opportunity Announcements

All funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) are posted on the website and on the ProposalCentral website, when you select American Academy of Otolaryngology from the Grant Makers drop-down menu.

All applications must be in response to an FOA and application packages are specific to individual FOAs. Always be sure to read the grant mechanism FOA in full and refer to it often to ensure you are meeting all of the requirements of the funding society.

Other Helpful Sites

Planning to use animals in your research?

Refer to the PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Planning to use human subjects in your research?

Read the Belmont Report, a summary of the ethical principles to be used in research with human subjects, developed by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.

The Office for Human Research Protections offers many resources including:

The NIH offers a new course entitled Protecting Human Research Participants. This course content reflects the revised 2018 Common Rule regulations and it is regularly updated.

Preparing Your Application

As you prepare to submit your full application, below are a few resources to guide you along the way.

Click here to start your application

CORE Program Partners and Supporters

AAO-HNSF and its members are grateful for the generous support of the donors, foundations, and corporate partners that have made significant commitments to ensuring advances in the specialty through innovative research.

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)
  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
  • Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD)
  • American Neurotology Society (ANS)
  • American Rhinologic Society (ARS)
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)
  • GSK


Additional Resources

Use the links below to view past CORE Grant recipients, post award deliverables, endowments, and external research funding opportunities.


If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].

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