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Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants

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August 24, 2017
by Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, Editor-in-Chief

Obtaining extramural funding has always been a challenge, even for full-time researchers, but perhaps especially for practicing physicians and young investigators. Among the many challenges, deciding where to submit a grant proposal can be particularly daunting.

In 1985, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, now the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), provided help by establishing the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program.1,2 Many (but not all) otolaryngology societies and some corporate foundations that provide research funds participate in the program, which helps unify the research application process for the specialty and assists funders and applicants by providing an expert review process.

CORE study section reviews are transmitted as recommendations to an appropriate society or other funding organization, and the funding organizations retain the ability to act on grant applications independently. The CORE program is intended to make the application process easier, help prepare young investigators for more complex funding applications (such as those for the National Institutes of Health [NIH]), and to encourage young investigators and physicians in or out of academic centers to participate in research that will help improve our specialty.

The CORE program has been highly successful. Since 1985, more than $10 million in research funding has been awarded through CORE. Grants range from $5,000 to $70,000 and are 1-year or 2-year, nonrenewable grants. Such seed funding is often critical in developing data that permit a successful application for substantial federal funding.

The CORE study section reviews are similar to NIH reviews. Hence, the process also provides valuable experience and feedback for young investigators who continue to take advantage of this invaluable Academy resource. For example, during the last year, the CORE study sections reviewed 163 applications that requested $2.5 million in funding. A total of $495,195 was awarded to 29 approved grants in various fields of otolaryngology. A listing can be found on the AAO-HNSF website1 and in the AAO-HNSF Bulletin.2

Otolaryngologists with good ideas to enhance knowledge and improve our specialty need not be full-time employees in academic centers, and they do not have to be senior, seasoned investigators. The AAO-HNSF is happy to provide not only convenience through the CORE program, but also mentorship. Otolaryngologists should be familiar with this resource and should not hesitate to apply for research funding through the CORE program.


  1. CORE Grants.https://www.entnet.org/content/centralized-otolaryngology-research-efforts-core-grants-program. Accessed July 17, 2017.
  2. AAO-HNS Bulletin.July 2016:20-22.
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