Apply for an ATA Research Grant

Please note: ATA has made its funding desicions for the 2013-2014 grant cycle. The application period for the 2014-2015 grant cycle will open shortly. The deadline for submitting research proposals will be November 1, 2014.

Since 1981, ATA has provided seed grants to innovative tinnitus research projects. To date, we have distributed nearly 6 million dollars in research grants, funding projects that have improved our medical understanding of tinnitus, developed new tinnitus management tools, and laid the foundation for future cures.

ATA's research program focuses on providing seed grants for the most new areas of tinnitus scientific exploration. Large research institutions--the U.S. Department of Defense or National Institutes of Health, for instance--often do not support projects that have not undergone initial exploratory testing. This keeps many good ideas from ever getting off the ground. ATA covers this funding gap by supporting tinnitus scientists through the preliminary phases of research, strategically kickstarting innovative pilot projects which may later qualify for large-scale funding from the government or other institutions.

Grant Amounts

ATA funds research grants up to $50,000 per project, per year.  Multi-year projects are considered but funding is reviewed and appropriated on a year-to-year basis. (ATA does not guarantee continued funding for projects continuing beyond the current annual grant cycle. Multi-year research projects must re-apply for grant consideration each year.) The maximum funding for any project is $150,000 over 3 years.

ATA also provides a number of student research grants up to $10,000 per project.  Multi-year student projects are not eligible for funding.


ATA will consider funding proposals from scientists, academics and healthcare professionals who are affiliated with non-profit medical and research institutions. All proposed projects must be directly concerned with tinnitus and contribute to ATA’s goal of finding a tinnitus cure, as outlined in ATA’s Roadmap to a Cure.

Application Process

To be considered for an ATA research grant, individual researchers and/or research teams interested must fully complete the grant application and submit it to ATA prior to November 1.  The application for 2015 grants will be available shortly.

Review Process

Grant funding is highly competitive. All requests for funding are reviewed by ATA's Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC.) The SAC evaluates proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Research subject / topic of inquiry
  • Relevance of research to ATA’s Roadmap for a Cure
  • Quality of project design and proposed research methods
  • Potential impact, either for basic knowledge or clinical application
  • Personnel and facilities available at the institution where the research will be conducted
  • Qualifications of the research investigators

The SAC makes funding recommendations to ATA's Board of Directors, which makes final award decisions.

Application and Funding Timelines

The application, review and funding process follow the general timeline outlined below:

  Application deadline        November 1
  SAC reviews all applications and makes recommendations Early Spring
  ATA Board of Directors makes final funding decisions Mid Spring
  Grant applicants notified Late Spring
  Funds allocated to grantees by June 30


If you have any additional questions about ATA’s research grant program, please contact ATA at 503-248-9985 or