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CORE Grants

The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program is a collaboration of several societies, foundations, and industry supporters focused on providing support for research in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014 - Letters of Intent submission is now CLOSED

January 2, 2015 - CORE Study Section resident application submission is now CLOSED

January 15, 2015 - Full grant application submission deadline, midnight ET

February 2, 2015- CORE Study Section resident applicants notified

March 2015 - Review of grant applications

June 2015- Award announcements made by granting society

To assist applicants in determining which grant mechanism would be the best fit for their project and career stage, review the CORE Grants At-a-glance document.

To view specific announcements, click on Funding Opportunity Announcments below

CORE Grant Program Information

About CORE

What is the CORE Program?

The CORE program is a collaboration between the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, senior/subspecialty societies, foundations and industry sponsors to provide a uniform centralized research grant application, review, and administration process. This process was designed to achieve three objectives:

  • provide support for the most meritorious research in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery;
  • educate young investigators to prepare competitive grant applications;
  • and prepare more surgeon-scientists to serve as peer reviewers for NIH and other research agencies.

The CORE program brings greater scale and less fragmentation and overlap to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery research opportunities, reduces the aggregate costs of the individual grant programs, and enables a comprehensive overview of the spectrum of promising otolaryngology and head and neck surgery research/researchers to promote to NIH and other agencies.

CORE Contributing Specialty Societies, Foundations, and Industry Sponsors

The Alcon Foundation
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Foundation
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF)
American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
American Neurotology Society (ANS)
American Rhinologic Society (ARS)
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)
Cook Medical
The Doctors Company Foundation
The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
The Oticon Foundation

The CORE Grant Program Process

Each participating society has agreed to have its grant application and review process handled through the CORE Study Section which is made up of three subcommittees: Otology, Head and Neck Surgery, and General Otolaryngology. The reviewers that serve on these subcommittees are made up of experienced investigators and representative physicians from the collaborating societies and foundations. A Letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted online through proposalCENTRAL, our online application submission site. Our standard due date for LOIs is every year on December 15th. If this date falls on a weekend, then applications are due the next business day. The LOI requires your name, institution, the title of your project, a brief abstract, categorizing your topic by specialty, and other information. The LOI is a non-binding agreement. The LOIs assist us in gauging how many reviewers might be needed for each subcommittee to review the expected volume of applications.

Applications must be submitted online through proposalCENTRAL by midnight eastern standard time on January 15th.

The CORE Study Section attempts to mimic the NIH review process as closely as possible. Each application is assigned to at least two independent expert reviewers who read the application and submit a written report covering predetermined review criteria. All reviewers then meet in March to discuss the applications and assign a priority score to each, based on significance, approach, and feasibility of the research strategy. The applications with the top scores are placed on a list for recommended funding. Each application receives a detailed Summary Statement of the review (aka "pink sheet" or critique) discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the application. This can be a valuable learning tool for future grant-writing efforts. The applications, critiques, and funding recommendations are provided to the governing bodies of the funding organizations. The funding organization is free to accept the recommendations of the CORE Study Section or not and makes funding decisions independently. Awardees are notified in late April or early May depending upon when the final decision is made by the funding organization.  The AAO-HNSF is responsible for selecting the grantees for the industry sponsored grants (i.e. The Alcon Foundation, Cook Medical, The Oticon Foundation, The Doctors Company Foundation, etc.).

2015 CORE Funding Opportunity Announcements










CORE Study Section


The 2015 CORE Study Section Call for Resident applications is now open.

The AAO-HNSF and the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) Study Section would like to invite six to 12 residents to serve on the 2015 CORE Study Section to participate in the review of the 2015 CORE grant applications. This is an invaluable opportunity for residents to learn how to review grants, and in the process, become better grant writers.

What is a Study Section? The Center for Scientific Review has produced a video of a mock study section meeting to provide an inside look at how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. ( The video shows how experts assess applications and how the review meetings are conducted to ensure fairness. The video also includes information on what applicants can do to improve the chances their applications will receive a positive review.

The CORE review process mimics the NIH review of grant applications, so this can be an invaluable experience for young investigators.  This opportunity will help residents to strengthen their grant writing skills and prepare them for future review opportunities. Each resident will be paired with one of the more experience CORE Study Section reviewers to help guide them through the process. 

Selected residents will be required to:

  • Provide a review of up to 10 assignments (typically as a tertiary reviewer, which is a note-taking role)
  • Attend the March 20-21, 2015 meeting in Dallas, TX to review all grant applications
    • must have a laptop with wireless internet capabilities to bring to the meeting
    • hotel and travel expenses will be supported by the AAO-HNSF
  • Agree to share your experience in the July 2015 issue of The Bulletin, to talk about what this opportunity meant to you

 INTERESTED?  Please submit the following information to Sarah O’Connor,, by 5:00pm (EST) January 2, 2015.

  • Application
  • Copy of CV
  • Optional - letter of support from your department chair or an current CORE Study Section Reviewer

All applications will be reviewed by the three subcommittee chairs. Applicants will be notified of the final selection by Feb 2, 2015.


If you are interested in participating on the CORE Study Section, please send a copy of your CV, a brief summary statement (100 words or less) outlining your grant application review experience, and the subcommittee for which you would like to be considered, to Sarah O'Connor Your information will be vetted by the committee chairs. Selections will be made based on expertise and reviewer need in the specialty area for the application review.

Other Funding Opportunities
Thanks to the AAO-HNSF CORE Grant Supporters

AAO-HNSF and its members are grateful for the generous support of the donors, foundations, and corporate partners that have made significant commitments to ensuring advances in the specialty through innovative research. 


Industry Sponsors:

To learn more about how you can support the CORE grant program, contact David Buckner, Program Manager, Corporate Relations and Development