2016 New Century Scholars Research Grant
Note: These 2016 guidelines are available to serve as a reference. Research grant guidelines and submission instructions are updated each year. The new guidelines will be available in early 2017.
Nature of the Competition
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites investigators to submit proposals in competition for up to four research grants of $25,000 each. The New Century Scholars Research Grant program is designed to advance the knowledge base in communication sciences and disorders. Proposal type and content area are not restricted, however this funding mechanism supports studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, or can meet research needs not yet addressed. The funding can be applied to a one- or two-year investigation.
This program supports studies by individuals who are committed to teacher-investigator careers in the university/college academic environment or in external research institutes or laboratories. It is made possible by the sustaining support from the ASHFoundation's Dreams and Possibilities Campaign which raised significant funds to strengthen doctoral education and research support in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
The competition encourages research ideas that might be considered groundbreaking with potential to be of high impact for the discipline, and the review will be weighted to this innovation factor. Research grants are intended to support new research ideas and directions for investigators who are not currently funded in the proposed area of investigation. By contrast, the research grants are not intended to provide additional or extended support for an established and funded research effort.
Both experienced and new investigators are eligible to apply for funding. Experienced investigators are welcome to submit proposals for pilot studies or similar investigations in a demonstrably new area. New investigators submitting a proposal should have received some prior external funding post PhD, as a co-investigator or a principal investigator, but proposals must also meet the intent of new research ideas.
All research grant recipients will be announced and recognized at the November 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interested individuals should carefully read the section on eligibility and, upon determining that all criteria are met, prepare a proposal for submission.
Funding Opportunity for Hearing Scientists
For 2016, one additional New Century Scholars Research Grant will be supported by the endowed Wayne and Marilyn Olsen Audiology Research Fund, for the purpose of supporting research topics in hearing science. Investigators may propose studies for one- or two-year studies.
Dr. Wayne Olsen's distinguished audiology career included positions at Northwestern University and Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School. The primary motivation for the Olsen Fund, according to Dr. Olsen, reflects a viewpoint of audiology's "founding father," Raymond Carhart, who stressed that "without research, there is no profession." The Olsens are carrying on this belief and their commitment to research through this ASHFoundation grant.
Eligible investigators who also wish to have a research study considered through this specific funding mechanism must check the Olsen Fund option during the online submission process.
For further instruction and requirements for preparing proposals, select one of the following links:
Questions regarding this competition should be directed to the ASHFoundation office [email protected] or 301-296-8703.