Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research on Hearing Health Care (R21/R33)

Notice Number:  NOT-DC-13-003

Key Dates

Release Date:   March 13, 2013
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement:  April 2013 
First Estimated Application Due Date:  Fall 2013
Earliest Estimated Award Date:  July 2014
Earliest Estimated Start Date:  July 2014

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Issued by

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) intends to reissue RFA-DC-12-003 ( to encourage research and increase infrastructure support leading to accessible and affordable hearing health care (HHC).  The FOA will solicit applications responsive to the NIDCD research working group on accessible and affordable hearing health care for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss (  The overarching emphasis of the FOA will be on the acquisition of knowledge that can be rapidly translated into new or enhanced approaches for access, assessment or intervention with a goal to delivering better HHC outcomes.  Applications should seek quality approaches that are effective, affordable and deliverable to those who need them as well as implementable and sustainable in settings beyond the research environment.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in spring 2013 with an expected application due date in early fall 2013.

This FOA will utilize the R21/R33 activity code.  Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into this area of hearing health care to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.

The FOA will encourage innovative milestone driven research applications in the area of HHC.  Because there are a limited number of active researchers focusing on HHC, the initiative will provide the opportunity for new research collaborations and partnerships, as well as expansions of existing partnerships, among individuals from the varied scientific disciplines with an interest in hearing health care (audiologists, otolaryngologists, health services researchers, outcomes researchers, industry, professional and consumer organizations, etc.).

Research encouraged in this initiative will include investigations of patient centered variables and outcomes, utilization of new technologies, and development of new strategies for service delivery for hearing health care.

The Exploratory/Developmental Phased Innovation (R21/R33) award allows applicants to attain preliminary data or conduct early-stage start up activities before moving to a full scale project,  thus allowing for phased research projects with a stepped approach for implementation (milestone-driven research). 



Please direct all inquiries to:

Amy M. Donahue, Ph.D.
6120 Executive Blvd, EPS 400C MSC 2180
Bethesda, MD 20892-7180
Telephone: (301)402-3458
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