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The NIDCD supports and conducts approximately 1,300 research grants, training awards, and contracts in seven areas of communication: 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.

Scientific Workshop and Meeting Reports

Summaries from all scientific program areas.

Meet NIDCD Scientists and Grantees

A brief look at the work and ideas of some of the NIDCD's researchers.

Research Resources

Links to research databases and publications.

Clinical Studies

Information for volunteers and professionals on clinical trials and observational studies.