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      International Project Grants

      Our International Project Grant aims to generate scientific discoveries that will lead to new treatments to protect, improve or restore hearing, or to silence tinnitus.

      See our Biomedical Research Strategy for more information.

      Summary of Grant – 2017

      • Deadline for Preliminary Application: the deadline for the 2017 scheme has now passed. The call for next year's scheme will be launched in early 2018.
      • Full application: By invitation only
      • Duration: Up to three years
      • Eligibility: Applicants may be from any university or research institute based anywhere in the world
      • Value: Up to £55,000 per year, although total funding will not exceed £160,000

      In the last round of funding, we received 117 preliminary applications. Of these, 37 applicants were invited to submit a full application, following which, six grants were awarded.

      Application process

      Please note that the application procedure for the International Project Grant has changed. We are now using a two-stage process, consisting of an open preliminary application stage followed by an invitation-only full application stage. Please see the call and guidelines below for further details.

      The guidelines for the call and the preliminary application form for 2017 are below. There is also guidance on how to complete the form – please read this document before preparing your application.

      We will acknowledge receipt of your application – if you do not hear from us within three days of submitting your application, please email us at to check we have received it.

      Selection procedure

      Preliminary applications are assessed by our International Project Grant review panel; they will identify the best proposals to take forward to the full application stage.

      Full applications are sent to three external referees in the field who are asked to rate the scientific value and feasibility of the project. These reviews and the original proposals are then rated by members of our International Project Grant review panel. The top-rated applications are funded. Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the final decision. Feedback will be provided to all applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.

      Everyone involved in the review process of any grant application is asked to abide by our code of conduct.

      International Project Grant review panel

      • Dr Chris Sumner, Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham (chair)
      • Dr Doug Hartley, University of Nottingham
      • Professor Hannie Kremer, Radboud University, The Netherlands
      • Professor Corne Kros, University of Sussex
      • Professor Michael Lovett, Imperial College London
      • Dr Roland Schaette, University College London
      • Dr Michael Stone, University of Manchester
      • Professor Abigail Tucker, King's College London
      • Professor Astrid van Wieringen, KU Leuven, Belgium
      • One other member to be confirmed

      Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

      Action on Hearing Loss is a member of the Europe PMC Funders' Group. We support open access publications and require Action on Hearing Loss grant holders to make their publications open access.

      Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

      For more information

      If you would like more information about the International Project Grant, please get in touch:

      Telephone: +44(0)20 3227 6158

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