Guiding the specialty

July 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 6

CORE grants nurture research, career development

5148The 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.

The CORE grant program societies, foundations, sponsors, and partners have awarded more than $10 million since the program’s inception in 1985. In conjunction with the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), societies, foundations, and sponsors are involved in funding one- to two-year nonrenewable grants ranging from $5,000 to $70,000. The leadership of each participating subspecialty 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. However, the recipients of the grants sponsored by the Alcon Foundation and Oticon Foundation are determined by the AAO-HNSF leadership.

This year the CORE Study Section reviewed 163 applications requesting $2.5 million in research funding.

The 2016 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 Rodney J. Schlosser, MD.

The 2016 CORE leadership (including the boards and councils of all participating societies) has approved a portfolio of 29 grants totaling $495,195.

Congratulations to the 2016 CORE grantees