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The NIDCD supports and conducts approximately 1,300 research grants, training awards, and contracts in seven mission areas: hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. These programs take place within the research laboratories and clinic at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland (intramural research), or in public and private institutions and organizations across the country and around the world (extramural research).

Both intramural and extramural research and training programs include the full spectrum of scientific activities including basic, clinical, and translational research. These studies answer fundamental scientific questions to prevent, screen, diagnose, and treat disorders of human communication.

Extramural Research

Our extramural research program funds research and training opportunities at universities, medical centers, and other institutions throughout the United States and abroad, through research grants, career development awards, and other mechanisms.

Intramural Research

Our Division of Intramural Research conducts research and offers research training in laboratories and clinics on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.