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)
Alzheimer's Association  
American Academy of Audiology Foundation      
American Cancer Society  
American Federation for Aging Research


American Head and Neck Society        
American Hearing Research Foundation      
American Laryngological Association      
American Otological Society Research Foundation  
American Parkinson Disease Association  

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)      
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation    
American Tinnitus Association    
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research      
Autism Science Foundation    
Autism Speaks  
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation     
The Capita Foundation (auditory research)      
Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR)    
Cerebral Palsy Foundation      
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Foundation    
Cleft Palate Foundation  
Dana Foundation (brain disease research)      
Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Research      
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation    
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (improving patient experience and outcomes of care; solicited proposals only)            
Grammy Foundation (impact of music on the human condition)          
Hearing Health Foundation    
International Essential Tremor Foundation          
International Literacy Association    
The John A. Hartford Foundation (aging and transforming delivery of care for older adults; solicited proposals only)            
The John Merck Fund (developmental disabilities)      
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation (education and training of health professionals)          
Little Giraffe Foundation (neonatal research)      
March of Dimes (birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality research)      
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience (learning, memory, and other cognitive research)      
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research  
Muscular Dystrophy Association      
National Hearing Conservation Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society  
National Parkinson Foundation      
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association    
Organization for Autism Research


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

ASHA Corporate Partners