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Please read the following FAQs and grant instructions carefully to ensure full compliance with ATA application standards.

ATA awards a maximum of $150,000 at $50,000 per year over three years.
The application deadline is November 1 of each year.*

What is the ATA Tinnitus Research Grant program?
Who is eligible to apply for an ATA grant?
How does the application process work?
Who judges grant applications?
What criteria does the committee use to judge grant applications?
What should be included in the application?
What are the funding levels and budget restrictions?
What terms and conditions should I be aware of?
Our state laws differ from the grant language. Can we modify the legal agreement?
Where do I send my grant application?
Who do I call with further questions about ATA’s Research Grant program?


If you have previously received an ATA-funded research grant and are applying for a second or third year of funding for a grant you have already received funding for, you do not need to fill out a new research grant application. You simply need to send a progress report.

What should be included in the progress report?
Where do I send my progress report?

Q: What is the ATA Tinnitus Research Grant Program?

The American Tinnitus Association Research Grant Program financially supports scientific studies investigating tinnitus. Studies must be directly concerned with tinnitus and contribute to ATA's goal of finding a cure.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for an ATA grant?

Those scientists and doctors, worldwide, who are seeking tinnitus-related research funding and are affiliated with non-profit institutions.

Q: How does the application process work?

Grant proposals must be received at ATA headquarters by November 1. We accept applications year-round for this grant cycle. However, we must receive your application in full by this deadline.

If your application has errors or is missing pieces, we will email you with a request for revisions. We must receive your revised application within 7 business days from the date on the email. Once your application properly follows the guidelines, ATA staff will notify you via email that we have accepted your proposal for review. You will receive funding notification the following spring and nto later than June 30 of each year.

Q: Who judges grant applications?

ATA's Scientific Advisory Committee evaluates all proposals. The committee includes some of the world's best tinnitus researchers. This committee crafted ATA’s Roadmap to a Cure, the innovative research guide that puts scientists on track toward a cure for tinnitus and helps guide ATA’s funding decisions. The committee makes funding recommendations to ATA's board of directors, which makes final award decisions.

Q: What criteria does the committee use to judge grant applications?

Grant funding is competitive. ATA's Scientific Advisory Committee considers the subject of the research; the quality of its design; its potential for making significant advances in basic knowledge or for clinical application; the available facilities and personnel at the institution in which the research will be carried out; the qualifications of the investigators and compliance with ATA’s Roadmap to a Cure.

Q: What should be included in the application?

The grant application has a specific format for filling in required information. In addition to the application form, you must submit a concisely written research proposal containing detailed descriptions of the following elements:

  1. Introduction, statement of the problem and specific aims of the research.
  2. Background and significance of the issue.
  3. Relevant preliminary or pilot studies.
  4. The facility that will house the study and/or administer the funds.
  5. Discussion of relevant literature and, where appropriate, standardized tinnitus measures.
  6. Outline of intended study procedures: including study design, sampling and measurement data to be used, description of analysis and evaluation plan.
  7. Outcomes expected from the study and their intended use.

Q: What are the funding levels and budget restrictions?

ATA awards research grants of up to $50,000 per year for up to three years, for a potential maximum of $150,000.

Grant funds awarded by ATA MAY be budgeted and used for:

  • Salaries of investigators and technical and supporting personnel.
  • Equipment purchases.
  • Supplies, including drugs and services.
  • Other specifically authorized expenses essential to carrying out the project. Indirect costs up to 10 percent of total grant.

Grant funds MAY NOT be used for:

  • Travel of principal investigator.
  • Living expenses of principal investigator.

ATA must approve budget changes of more than (+/-) 15 percent, within or between approved categories. Descriptions of budget changes less than (+/-) 15 percent must be included in the final expenditure report.

Q: What terms and conditions should I be aware of?

ATA can only make grants to non-profit tax-exempt institutions, public or private, to support research conducted at those institutions by investigators who are staff members or otherwise formally affiliated with the institution.

  1. Expenditures
    • Acceptance of a research grant acknowledges responsibility on the part of the institution and the principal investigator for using grant funds only for those purposes set forth in the application and approved in the American Tinnitus Association acceptance letter.
    • Any significant changes in the project's budget, personnel or objectives require prior approval from the American Tinnitus Association.
    • Annual financial reports and annual, lay-language project reports are required for multi-year grants.
    • A financial report, a lay-language report and a final, scientific project report must be submitted to the American Tinnitus Association at the end of the grant period.
  2. Unexpended funds
    • Unless otherwise authorized by ATA, investigators must return to ATA all unexpended funds, along with the final reports, at the conclusion of the grant period.
    • Any additional support desired requires a subsequent formal application.
  3. Grant publications and publicity policy
    • ATA expects investigators to make the results of their research promptly available to the scientific public.
    • Findings reported to scientific audiences or scientific journals or publicized in any way must include acknowledgement (e.g., in a credit line) of the American Tinnitus Association grant support – whether whole or in part. Investigators must submit a copy of any findings or publications to ATA.

Q: If our state laws differ from ATA grant language, may we modify the legal agreement?

If state laws prohibit you from signing the ATA grant application as written, please submit, with your signed application, revised legal language that is acceptable to your institution. In this case, if your grant is funded, we will re-sign a grant agreement containing final language acceptable to both your institution and ATA.

You may also use the following language:
The undersigned agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend ATA from and against all liability, judgments, attorney fees, costs or claims arising from the conduct of the undersigned, or from the conduct of its investigators, researchers, agents or employees, while conducting the research proposed by this application. However, the foregoing provision is effective only as permitted by [state] law, including but not limited to [your state statutes, etc].

Q: Where do I send my grant application?

Please submit your application electronically via email to

What should be included in my progress report?

If you have previously received funding from ATA for a project and are applying for a second or third year, you do not have to fill out a new grant application. You just need to submit a progress report containing:

  • Title of the project
  • Abstract
  • PI, co-investigators (including contact information - email and phone)
  • University and address where the work will be performed
  • Any changes to the project including any key personnel who worked on previous years, and reason for change.
  • Brief biographical sketches of any new personnel (limited to 1 page)
  • Summary of the project including: aims, design,changes in design and methods over previous year(s)
  • Data obtained in the already funded years to show progress on original objectives and goals that will justify continuing the project into year 2 or 3
  • Budget request and justification for expenses.

All progress reports should adhere to the same formatting requirements as noted above and should be submitted electronically no later than November 1 of each calendar year to

Q: Who do I call with further questions about ATA's Tinnitus Research Grant Program?

If you have questions after reading the program FAQs and downloading the ATA Grant Application Form, contact

*Note: Deadline for 2014 grant submissions or progress reports is November 1, 2013.  All applicants will receive funding notification in in spring 2014.