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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. See our Biomedical Research Strategy (PDF, 4,072kB, opens new window) for more details.

Summary of grant

  • Deadline for Preliminary Application: Monday 27 February 2017
  • 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 eligible preliminary applications. From these, 37 applicants were invited to submit a full application, following which, 6 grants were awarded.

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 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 abstract 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 3 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.

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

For more information

If you would like more information about the International Project Grant, please contact:

Telephone: +44(0)20 7296 8013

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