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Federal and Private Funding Sources for Researchers

The following lists include several federal and private agencies that provide national-level funding of research in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). There are also local sources of funding, including intramural funds at your university, state funds, and local private agencies that limit funding to within their own geographic area. To maximize your likelihood of success in obtaining funding, choose a funding source and mechanism that best matches the topic, scope, and budget of your proposed research, as well as your career level. Private agencies can be good sources of seed money needed to collect preliminary data for larger scale federal funding. Several agencies offer email alerts when new funding opportunities become available; see individual agency websites for details. For grant writing tips, please see ASHA's Grantsmanship page.

Federal Funding Sources

Private Agency Funding Sources

The following table is not intended to be an exhaustive list of private funding agencies, but rather a guide to those that typically fund research in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Please check the agency's website directly for details, as eligibility requirements, funding mechanisms/priorities, and/or deadlines periodically change. If you are familiar with a private agency that supports CSD research on a national level that is not listed here, please let us know at research@asha.org.

Agency Career Stage Funded Scale of Funding
Pre-doctoral Post-doctoral Early-Career Researcher Mid-Career Researcher Small
(<$100K/yr)
Large
(>$100K/yr)
Alzheimer's Association   Check Check Check Check Check
American Academy of Audiology Foundation Check Check Check   Check  
American Cancer Society   Check Check Check Check Check
American Federation for Aging Research

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American Head and Neck Society     Check   Check  
American Hearing Research Foundation     Check Check Check  
American Laryngological Association     Check Check Check  
American Otological Society Research Foundation     Check Check Check  
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)     Check Check Check  
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Check Check Check Check Check  
American Tinnitus Association Check   Check Check Check  
Autism Science Foundation Check Check     Check  
Autism Speaks Check Check Check Check Check Check
The Capita Foundation (auditory research)     Check Check Check  
Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets (CRRLD)     Check Check Check  
Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation     Check Check Check  
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Foundation Check   Check Check Check  
Cleft Palate Foundation Check Check Check Check Check  
Dana Foundation (brain disease research)     Check Check Check  
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation   Check Check Check Check  
Grammy Foundation (impact of music on the human condition)         Check  
Hearing Health Foundation   Check Check Check Check  
International Essential Tremor Foundation         Check  
International Reading Association Check Check Check Check Check  
Little Giraffe Foundation (neonatal research)     Check Check Check  
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience (learning, memory, and other cognitive research)     Check Check Check  
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research   Check Check Check Check Check
Muscular Dystrophy Association   Check Check Check Check  
National Hearing Conservation Association Check       Check  
National Multiple Sclerosis Society   Check Check Check Check Check
National Organization for Hearing Research     Check Check Check  
National Parkinson Foundation     Check Check   Check
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association   Check Check Check Check  
Organization for Autism Research Check

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (health and healthcare research)   Check Check Check Check Check
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative     Check Check Check Check
The Spencer Foundation (education research) Check Check Check Check Check Check
The Thrasher Fund (pediatric medical research)   Check Check Check Check  
William T. Grant Foundation (improving the lives of youth, ages 5 to 25)     Check Check Check Check

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