OSP FO# 11-243

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

PROGRAM: NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care (R21/R33)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides support for research and/or infrastructure needs leading to more accessible and affordable hearing health care (HHC). For the purposes of the working group and this program, “hearing health care” includes assessment (including screening) and nonmedical treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss (HL), including hearing aid selection and fitting and aural rehabilitation (counseling, auditory training). The proposed research aims should lead to the delivery of better healthcare access and outcomes and be directed to solutions that are effective, affordable and deliverable to those who need them. Outcomes research and health services research related to accessible and affordable hearing health care are also responsive to this program.

Because this is a new research area for the NIDCD scientific community, there will likely be a need to attain preliminary data or conduct early-stage developmental activities before moving to a full scale project. The Exploratory/Developmental Phased Innovation (R21/R33) grant mechanism is appropriate for this purpose. This program provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for preliminary/development studies with measurable R21 milestones, followed by possible transition of up to four years of expanded research and development support (R33 phase). The total project period for an application submitted in response to this program may not exceed five years.

Responsive R21/R33 applications may include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the barriers for patients accessing the HHC system (e.g., availability of services, cost, subsidy available, complexity, market forces, location, healthcare insurance coverage, and referral network)?
  • What are the patient-centered factors that impact access to HHC, including the unique needs and concerns across the lifespan and among different cultures or special populations (e.g., perceived need, personal attitudes, stigma, and socioeconomic status)?
  • What are the barriers to hearing screening (availability, cost, insurance policies, capitation, and financial disincentives for referral) in various health care settings (primary care offices, geriatric centers, pharmacies, convenient care clinics)?
  • What is the minimal technology that will achieve success with hearing aids?
  • Develop a low-cost self-testing, self-fitting hearing aid (considering technology, patient characteristics, selection, fitting and aftercare).
  • Develop accessible hearing screening paradigms for adults with mild to moderate HL, considering both available technology and target populations.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NIDCD intends to commit $500,000 to make two awards in FY2012. The total project period for an application may not exceed five years. Support for the R21 phase cannot exceed two years and direct costs are limited to $275,000 over the R21 two-year period, with no more than $150,000 in direct costs in any single year of the R21 phase. The R33 phase may not exceed four years and direct costs are limited to $1.4 M with no more than $375,000 in direct costs in any single year of the R33 phase. Applications for R21 or R33 support alone are not responsive to this program.

Amy M. Donahue, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Programs
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
6120 Executive Blvd, EPS 400C, MSC 7180
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7180
Telephone: (301) 402-3458
Fax: (301) 402-6251
Email: Donahuea@nidcd.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DC-12-003.html

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (RFA-DC-12-003) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact either India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.