CORE grants awarded

July 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 6

Partnering to advance the specialty

The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program plays a critical role in advancing the field of otolaryngology by providing support to research projects, research training, and career development. CORE aims to: 1) unify the research application and review process for the specialty; 2) encourage young investigators to pursue research in otolaryngology; and 3) serve as an interim step that may ultimately channel efforts for important NIH funding opportunities.

CORE grants program societies, foundations, sponsors, and partners have awarded over $10 million since the program’s inception in 1985. The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), American Head & Neck Society (AHNS), Association for Migraine Disorders (AMD), American Neurotology Society (ANS), American Rhinologic Society (ARS), American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), the Education and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), and Xoran Technologies, LLC, are involved in funding one- to two-year non-renewable grants ranging from $5,000 to $80,000. The leadership of each participating specialty society is ultimately responsible for determining who is selected to receive funding each year. The scores and critiques provided by the CORE Study Section are simply recommendations to help in the decision process. The recipients of the grants sponsored by Xoran Technologies, LLC, are determined by the AAO-HNSF leadership.

The 2018 CORE Study Section subcommittees included: Head and Neck Surgery, chaired by Cherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD; Otology, chaired by Oliver F. Adunka, MD; and General Otolaryngology, chaired by Michael J. Brenner, MD.

This year the CORE Study Section reviewed 159 applications requesting $2.5 million in research funding.

The 2018 CORE leadership (including the boards and councils of all participating societies) approved a portfolio of 31 grants totaling $499,902.