ANS Research Grant Award

Established: 2014/2015
First awarded: 2015
Funding provided by: the ANS Endowment Fund


ON MARCH 1, 2023
Thanks to all the applicants, we have record-breaking submissions!
Notification of funding will be in mid-May

Please click here for ANS Grant submission instructions

NEW IN 2023!
Please click here for ANS Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
in Otology and Neurotology Grant instructions 


Congratulations to the 2022 ANS Research Grant Award recipients.

The ANS Research Committee reviewed 13 applications and recommended to the Council to fund three grant recipients for the upcoming funding cycle, July 1-June 30, 2023.

Aida Nourbakhsh, MD, PhD was selected as a 2022 research grant recipient for her grant titled, “Molecular Mechanisms of Hypofractionation and Radiation Resistance in Vestibular Schwannoma.” Aida Nourbakhsh graduated from Virginia Tech majoring in Biochemistry, then she earned her PhD before completing a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship studying signal transduction in the mTOR pathway. At this time, she developed a passion for translational research and aspired to become a physician-scientist; she completed her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, Aida is a PGY-2 clinical resident and has completed one year of research as a T32 resident at University of Miami. Her research interests include stem cell/gene therapy in hearing loss and studying the radiobiology of vestibular schwannoma to identify novel therapies to overcome radiation resistance.  When she is not working in the laboratory or the hospital, she enjoys Pilates and playing piano. She is an avid ballet lover.


Vivian F. Kaul, MD was selected as a 2022 research grant recipient for her grant titled, “Improving Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life Outcomes for Cochlear Implant Patients Through an Interactive Web and Mobile-Based Patient Education Platform”. Dr. Vivian F. Kaul is a Neurotology Fellow currently at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kaul earned her BS degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary. She completed her MD at UT Southwestern Medical School and went on to complete her residency training at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. Her interests include cochlear implant research, hearing preservation research as well as skull base clinical outcome optimization. Her passions include patient education and advocacy as well as education for residents and mentorship for medical students.


Amit Walia, MD was selected as a 2022 research grant recipient for his grant titled, “Predicting Performance in Background Noise for Cochlear Implant Recipients using Electrocochleography”. Amit Walia is a current fourth year T32 otolaryngology resident physician at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his medical degree at University of Illinois in Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and economics at Northwestern University. He is currently completing the second of a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the NIDCD. Under the mentorship of Craig Buchman, MD, his research is focused on four broad themes related to electrocochleography in cochlear implant recipients: (1) to improve hearing preservation, (2) to predict speech-perception performance, (3) to use the cochlear microphonic as a microphone for a potentially fully implantable cochlear implant, and (4) to understand the underpinnings of how the cochlea works. The focus of this project is on using electrocochleography to understand and predict post-implantation speech recognition both in quiet and in noise prior to cochlear implantation.


ON MARCH 1, 2023
Please click here for ANS Grant submission instructions


The purpose of the American Neurotology Society (ANS) Research Grant is to encourage and support academic research in sciences related to the investigation of otology and neurotology.  Appropriate areas of research include diagnosis, management, and pathogenesis of diseases of the ear and/or skull base. Grants that focus on addressing clinical gaps are especially encouraged.  Grants may involve cell/molecular studies, animal research, or human subjects research.

The maximum award request is $25,000 per year (US dollars) and is annually renewable on a competitive basis. ANS may distribute up to three $25,000 grants each finding cycle.  Indirect costs (overhead) are not allowed. Grants are available to physician investigators in the United States and Canada only. We particularly encourage those individuals without a history of K08, R03, R21, or R01 funding to apply. 

If you would like to submit a grant for consideration in 2023-24, the deadline for applications is March 1, 2023. Email a cover letter and application to Dr. Ronna Hertzano, [email protected], Chair of the ANS Research Committee and ANS Admin, Kristen Bordignon. 

ANS Grant Application Deadline is March 1st - 11:59 PM PT 


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Please click here for ANS Grant submission instructions (revised in 2021)

The American Neurotology Society Research Fund only accepts grant applications and reference letters electronically. Please prepare your application electronically and have everything including reference letters contained within one PDF. Please submit your final PDF application by email.  Reference letters may be electronically prepared and signed as PDF documents, or may be scanned as PDF documents, in order that they may be included as part of the grant application. 

The grants and reference letters are to be submitted via email to Dr. Ronna Hertzano, Chair of the American Neurotology Society Research Committee, [email protected] and Kristen Bordignon, Administrator for the American Neurotology Society, [email protected] 


Grant Submission Deadline: March 1

Previous Recipients

Christine T. Dinh, MD
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Cochlear irradiation and dosimetry: apoptosis, necrosis and hearing loss

 $25,000 2015 

Harrison W. Lin, MD
University of California-Irvine
Orange, CA

Chronic implantation of the facial nerve for selective facial muscle contraction  $25,000  2016

Michael S. Harris, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 

 Verbal Memory as Outcome Predictor in Adults Receiving Cochlear Implants   $25,000   2017

Ksenia A. Aaron, MD
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Modelling and Restoring Hearing and Vestibular Deficit of Non-Syndromic Deafness   $25,000   2018

Dunia Abdul-Aziz, MD
Massachusetts Eye & Ear
Boston, MA

Targeting Epigenetic Modifying Enzymes for Hair Cell Regeneration $25,000 2019

Tatiana Correa, MD, MPH
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Comparison of Surgical Routes for Localized Inner Ear Viral Vector-Mediated Gene Therapy in the Guinea Pig Using Helper-Dependent Adenovirus Type 5   $25,000  2020
Courtney C.J. Voelker, MD, PhD

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 

In Vivo Neuronal Mapping of the Auditory Pathway in Pediatric Patients with Congenital Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss and those with Normal Hearing   $25,000  2020

Douglas Bennion, MD and Megan (Foggia) Jensen, MD 
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Durable Zwitterionic Thin Film Coatings for Cochlear Implant Biomaterials  $25,000  2020


Ashley E. Kita, MD
University of California, Los Angeles 



Prolonged Elution of Cytokines for Inner Ear Rehabilitation

 $25,000  2021

Bing Teh, MD
Columbia University 

 Impact of Vestibular Dose on Post Gamma Knife Balance Function  $25,000  2021


ANS RESEARCH COMMITTEE - Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD - Chair

Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD
Susan Emmett, MD, MPH
Aaron Remenschneider, MD
Matthew Crowson, MD, MPA, MASc 
Christine Dinh, MD
Courtney Voelker, MD, PhD
Samuel Gubbels, MD
Theodore McRackan, MD
Jason Brant, MD
Michael Hoa, MD (D/I Committee representative)