Through the Emerging Research Grants (ERG) program, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) provides seed money to hearing and balance researchers who focus on researching underfunded areas of otology. Grantees advance scientific knowledge in the following under-reserched areas: Hearing Loss in Children, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Hyperacusis, Tinnitus, Ménière’s disease, Usher syndrome, making cancer drugs less ototoxic, and the links between hearing loss and diabetes, heart and kidney disease.
ERG are one year in length and governed by the Council of Scientific Trustees (CST). The CST is comprised of senior researchers and physicians from across the nation who review each application for scientific merit and relevance. The work of ERG alumni has led to dramatic innovations in hearing and balance science, with most going on to obtain grant awards from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others. Our review process is so thorough that, on average, the NIH has matched $91 for every dollar HHF has invested in ERG researchers. For in-depth profiles on our ERG-funded investigators, see our Meet the Researcher series.
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
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