Open grant for research to improve hearing support services

Date published:

October 13, 2021

Type of support:

Press release


General public

The Australian Government today announced the first of two grant opportunities for research into the development and delivery of improved hearing health support services, which will better help one in six Australians with some form of hearing loss. .

Federal Regional Minister of Health, Dr David Gillespie, MP, has announced that applications are now open for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Targeted Call for Hearing Health Research: evidence-based support services.

“The Federal Government wants to ensure that all Australians with hearing loss, wherever they live, can get quality support to help them get the most out of their lives,” said Dr Gillespie.

“This call aims to support research that develops an evidence base for future policies, interventions and initiatives to support the hearing care agenda.”

Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt said the NHMRC funds research where Australia’s top health and medical researchers work to solve the health problems they see in their community to help improve the lives of fellow Australians.

“The NHMRC’s Targeted Calls for Research are one-time calls for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need,” said Minister Hunt.

Dr Gillespie said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s $21.2 million investment to support activities under the Hearing Health Roadmap, developed by the Health Sector Committee auditory, published in February 2019.

The NHMRC administers $7.3 million in hearing research grants under this measure; the total funding available through the call for research applications announced today is $4 million.

The Targeted Call for Hearing Health Research:

  • Inform the development and delivery of hearing health services in the future.
  • Improve the evidence base for health-seeking behaviors in hearing health, especially in vulnerable populations.
  • Assure providers and consumers that hearing program support services are based on the best available evidence to adapt to customer needs and technological changes.

Another Targeted Call grant opportunity for hearing health research will take place in 2022 under this budget measure. All other relevant information is available on the NHMRC website and GrantConnect.

Michael A. May