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Funding for Research

The NIDCD is the nation’s leading funder of biomedical and behavioral research and research training in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The institute also supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses biomedical and behavioral issues associated with deafness and other communication disorders; and supports work on devices that substitute for or improve function for individuals with deafness or other communication disorders. Through our extramural research program, approximately 81 percent of our research budget supports scientists and laboratories at universities, hospitals, and other organizations nationwide and around the world. 

Featured NIDCD Funding Opportunities and Notices

About NIDCD's Research Funding Program

Descriptions of our scientific program areas, workshops, and grants management and administration.

Understanding Types of Grants and Funding

​Explanation of award mechanisms.

How to Apply for a Grant

Application procedures, guidelines, frequently asked questions, policies, deadlines, and more.

Advancing Your Career Through Training

Fellowship and mentorship opportunities.

Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce

Diversity-focused funding opportunities.

The BRAIN Initiative and NIDCD

The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.