Researchers investigating treatment options for older adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss may apply for up to $2 million in direct cost funding from PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
The PCORI funding announcement is for investigators who address treatment dilemmas by comparing options that may include hearing devices—hearing aids or personal sounds amplification products—and/or the support service models accompanying these devices. Support services may include professional fitting of hearing aids, patient self-selection and fitting of hearing aids, and counseling or education interventions.
PCORI is looking for applications that propose rigorous randomized controlled trials or observational prospective cohort studies. These studies should evaluate:
- The comparative effectiveness of hearing loss interventions on patient-centered outcomes, such as hearing-specific health-related quality of life or psychosocial outcomes.
- Relevant functional outcomes for device comparisons for up to six months.
PCORI grants do not fund intervention costs. Investigators must document how they plan to cover these costs.
Studies should have a maximum duration of three years. Shorter studies, as well as those with well-justified design and analysis plans, are encouraged.
PCORI issued a funding preannouncement to give investigators time to develop rigorous applications that address high-priority, patient- and stakeholder-guided research questions. The full announcement will be published Jan. 3.
The funding timeline includes:
- Jan. 3—online system opens.
- Jan. 15—applicant town hall session.
- Jan. 31—letter of intent deadline.
- April 24, 5 p.m. (ET)—application deadline.
- July—merit review.
- September—awards announced.
- November—earliest project start date.
For more information visit the PCORI website.
Carol Polovoy is managing editor of The ASHA Leader. firstname.lastname@example.org.