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International project grant

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.

Summary of grant

  • Deadline for Abstract Application: 10 March 2016
  • 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

Application procedure

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 abstract 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 abstract application form for 2016 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 3 days of submitting your application, please email us at to check we have received it.

Selection procedure

Abstract 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.

International Project Grant review panel

  • Professor Adrian Rees, University of Newcastle (chair)
  • Dr Chris Sumner, Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham
  • Dr Tanya Whitfield, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Hannie Kremer, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Professor Astrid van Wieringen, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr Michael Stone, University of Manchester
  • Professor Corne Kros, University of Sussex
  • Professor Michael Lovett, Imperial College London
  • Professor Abigail Tucker, King's College London
  • One panel member to be recruited 

For more information contact:

Biomedical research - beakers.Action on Hearing Loss
19-23 Featherstone Street

Telephone: +44(0)20 7296 8013

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