Deadline: June 5, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Institutes of Health


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders through the National Institutes of Health is accepting proposals for the Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01) grant. The purpose of this grant is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Applicants are encouraged to utilize community-based participatory research methods and be multidisciplinary. 


Colleges and universities, for-profit organizations, state and local governments, and independent school districts


Projects may span up to five years. Budgets are not limited but do need to accurately reflect the needs of the proposal.

Areas of Focus:

  • Identifying patient and provider variables that predict patient satisfaction and improved outcomes for adults with communication disorders, including quality of life and psychosocial adjustment;
  • Identifying patient or system factors that influence health care utilization, including patient motivation and perceived need;
  • Determining the potential costs and impact of insufficient care (untreated or under- treated) on real world function and outcomes, including quality of life, depression, and community engagement;
  • Investigating the value and effectiveness of current treatments for communication disorders on real world function and outcomes;
  • Evaluating the relation between the system of care and outcomes for individuals with communication disorders;
  • Determining the cost-effectiveness as it relates to health outcome of an intervention for a particular communication disorder;
  • Investigating the role of patient, family and community engagement on outcomes;
  • Investigating the value of differing service delivery models for communication disorders (e.g., multidisciplinary management teams vs. single practitioner models) on outcomes;
  • Examining the impact of the delivery of services on the cost, access, and patient utilization of care;
  • Evaluating innovative delivery systems (i.e., telehealth, internet, and emerging technologies) and various delivery models (e.g., group or family);
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision of services and outcomes for patients with multiple chronic disabilities and conditions (e.g., complex needs);
  • Examining adherence, compliance, decision-making, or patient education; and
  • Investigating ways to promote equity and reduce or eliminate health disparities/inequities in treatment services for individuals with communication disorders.

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