Through the Emerging Research Grants (ERG) program, formed with Hearing Health Foundation (HHF)'s inception, the foundation annually awards grants to up and coming scientists who research under-funded and under-researched hearing disorders, including tinnitus, hyperacusis, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Ushers Syndrome and Ménière’s Disease, among others.
Under the governance of senior national researchers and physicians, ERG is an important vehicle to launch cutting edge research and the careers of tomorrow’s innovators, with many funded researchers ultimately obtaining large dollar institutional or government grants after HHF funds them.
RECENT erg Recipients
council of scientific trustees
The governing body of our Emerging Research Grants program, the Council of Scientific Trustees (CST), comprises senior national researchers and physicians who review each application for scientific merit and program relevance.
Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., Head of Council of Scientific Trustees
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Columbia Cochlear Implant Center
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Carey Balaban, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Robert A. Dobie, M.D.
Otology and Neurotology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Jill B. Firszt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head-Neck Surgery
Director, Cochlear Implant and Hearing Loss Research Laboratory
Adjunct Faculty, Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine
David S. Haynes, M.D., FACS
Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Hearing and Speech Sciences
Neurotology Division/Fellowship Program/Cochlear Implant Program Director
The Otology Group of Vanderbilt
Matthew W. Kelley, Ph.D.
Chief, Section on Developmental Neuroscience
Chief, Laboratory of Cochlear Development
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
Sharon Kujawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology
Harvard Medical School
Director of Audiology Research and Senior Scientist
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
David Lim, M.D.
Department of Head & Neck Surgery
Director, Laboratory of Pathogenesis of Ear Diseases
UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Ruth Litovsky, Ph.D.
Professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Surgery/Otolaryngology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cynthia Morton, PhD
Medical Geneticist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan
Allen F. Ryan, Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery, Otolayrngology & Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego
Sam Selesnick, M.D., FACS
Professor and Vice Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Robert V. Shannon, Ph.D.
Univeristy of Southern California Biomedical Engineering
Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
University of Washington
Peter S. Steyger, Ph.D
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Daniel J. Tollin, Ph.D
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Debara L. Tucci, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center