2023 Annual Review

Check out how the ASHFoundation sparked innovation in 2023!


Our Work

Our ability to communicate and connect with each other is key to our success and happiness. The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in communication sciences to make that connection possible for everyone. Join us!

We make early investments in promising innovators
...to empower speech, language, and hearing professionals
...to change people's lives.

Millions of people are struggling to communicate and connect, but we’re here to help.

"How can a computer best give someone a voice?"

This question has inspired much of John McCarthy’s research career, including his ASHFoundation-funded investigation into the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by people with speech and language disorders who also have other disabilities. Common AAC systems—which typically incorporate some type of visual component—are often unusable for people who have visual impairments.

That research has led to McCarthy’s work on programs, devices, and opportunities for people with communication disorders who have visual and motor impairments—making communication possible for everyone.

Read more about John's work

Your Donation Sparks Bold, Forward-thinking Solutions


researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded

of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding


Events and Deadlines

Intent to Submit Deadline

Intent to Submit deadline for Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant, New Century Scholars Research Grant, and New Investigators Research Grant. Learn More

Fireside Chat 3: New Century Scholars: Looking Back

The ASHFoundation’s New Century Scholars program has been supporting students and researchers for more than 20 years! The final installment of the 2024 Fireside Series, Fireside Chat 3: New Century Scholars: Looking Back, will highlight the objectives and priorities of this program. Join a panel of award recipients on March 6, from 4-5 p.m. EST, to learn about the impact this program has had on the discipline and on their research careers.

This session is open to all but has limited capacity. Register Here

Clinical Achievement Awards Deadline

Nomination deadline for Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement and Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools. Learn More

Research Grants Deadline

Submission deadline for Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant, New Century Scholars Research Grant, and New Investigators Research Grant. Learn More

Student Research Grants Deadline

Submission deadline for Student Research Grant in Audiology and Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development. Learn More

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship Deadline

Application deadline for the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship. Learn More

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What's New

Fireside Chat 2 Recording Now Available

Are you considering a submission for this year’s ASHFoundation research grants and/or scholarships? Be sure to listen to the recording of our Fireside Chat 2: ASHFoundation Application Process 101, from February 7. Learn more from a panel of past award recipients who discussed the funding opportunities, submission tips, and key take-aways of the application process.

Fireside Chat 1 Recording Now Available

Did you miss the first Fireside Chat 1: Surfacing Critical Research Topics? Sharon Moss, Executive Director of the ASHFoundation gathered perspectives and feedback from attendees on critical research topics and methodologies that will be important now and in the future. Listen to the recording to check out what hot topics rose to the top!

2023 Digital Donor List Available

The official 2023 ASHFoundation Donor list [PDF] is now available. Thanks to our more than 7,000 donors, the ASHFoundation was able to raise more than $825,000 to support 79 innovators in the communication sciences and disorders discipline. Thank you to all supporters!

2023 Digital Annual Report Available

The 2023 ASHFoundation Digital Annual Report is now available! The report outlines and details the many events, initiatives, and supporters who made 2023 a successful year for the ASHFoundation.

2023 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation is awarding $825,000 to 79 researchers, students and clinicians in communication sciences and disorders. Meet the newest awardees.

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