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American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance)
Funding Opportunity in Quality of Life Outcomes Measures of Cochlear Implantation
Date of Release: February 21, 2017


Purpose: The American Cochlear Implant Alliance invites investigators to submit proposals for a research grant to explore cochlear implant outcomes research. A variety of assessments have been developed to document the impact of cochlear implantation on communication abilities in adults and children with hearing loss. However, our knowledge of the functional outcomes of cochlear implantation remains limited. This funding is meant to result in the development and validation of Quality of Life instruments specifically targeted to cochlear implant recipients.

Funding may be requested for up to three years. The total amount of funding awarded will not exceed $450,000 ($150,000 per year maximum). The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is funding this project as a collaborative venture with other supportive parties.

Eligibility: Both experienced and new investigators are eligible to apply. The inclusion of interdisciplinary research collaborators is encouraged. Preference will be given to members of American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Proposal Guidelines:
Proposals should be single-spaced and all components should be placed in one pdf document. The application must include:

1. Investigator Letter
The Principal Investigator (PI) should provide a letter addressed to the “Research Committee” indicating why you are pursuing this research. Include the intended start date for your investigation and the total amount and duration of funding requested.

2. Abstract
Concisely describe the goals, specific aims and major aspects of the research plan and the potential impact on clinical care and research in the field.

3. Specific Aims (limit 1 page)
Describe the problem or issue to be addressed. Provide relevant background information and indicate how the proposed research will address a critical gap in our knowledge regarding cochlear implant outcomes. Identify the specific objectives that will be addressed and provide hypotheses as appropriate. Discuss the potential clinical and research implications of the proposal.

4. Research Plan (limit 6 pages)
Provide a description of, and rationale for the study design. Include justifications for participants and participant recruitment, measurement techniques, instrumentation, data analyses, and evaluation procedures. Include a timeline outlining study activities and plans for research dissemination. This section should contain sufficient detail for the reviewers to evaluate the appropriateness of the experimental design and proposed procedures.

5. Facilities and Resources
Describe the facilities, resources and participants that are available at all locations where the study will be conducted. Provide evidence of established collaborations that will further the proposed work. Provide letters of support from collaborators and any consultants, as needed.

6. References

7. Budget and Budget Justification
Provide a detailed budget for all years of funding requested. Describe how funds will be allocated to specific expense items and state the importance of budgeted items to the study’s objectives. As a non-profit organization, we cannot fund institutional overhead and indirect costs. If travel funds are requested, indicate how they contribute to direct research activity.

8. Investigator Biographical Sketch
Provide an NIH-style biographical sketch for all key personnel (limit 5 pages per biographical sketch). A form and sample are available on the NIH website. See

9. Letter of Institutional Support
Submit a letter addressed to the “ACI Alliance Research Committee” from your department administrator indicating support for the proposed research. The letter should state that the proposed research will not present a conflict of interest with your current employment responsibilities.

Application Due Date:  The application process is now closed. More detail on the award will be posted as it is available.

Submission Procedures: Applications should be submitted via email to Donna Sorkin, Executive Director of the ACIA at Application materials must be sent as one pdf attachment. 

Review: Applications will be reviewed by the ACI Alliance Research Committee.  Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria adapted from the NIH Review Criteria, which include Significance, Investigator(s), Innovation, Approach and Environment.  More information regarding NIH Review Criteria may be found at:

Start Date for Funded Applications:  June 1, 2017

Questions regarding this funding opportunity should be directed to Donna Sorkin at

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