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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit Academic or Research Institutions and Agencies for Research on Misophonia


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Scientific Funding

Misophonia Research Fund

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #193269

Grant Description

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit academic or research institutions and qualified governmental agencies for research on misophonia. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible projects should include interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks to better understand misophonia, characterize symptomatology and associated impairments, and assess interventional strategies to treat those with the disorder.

The scientific focus of proposals shall address one or more of the following three broad focus areas in human, animal, or relevant research models. Proposals can focus on a specific area or may address multiple of the following areas:

  1. Characterization of misophonia. Proposals may include a wide range of approaches to examine the following:
    • Testable theories, basic animal models, and human translational models addressing why, how, and for whom misophonia develops;
    • Underlying biological, behavioral, and/or environmental mechanisms (and their interactions) underlying the etiology, longitudinal development, maintenance, and/or treatment of misophonia;
    • Expression and trajectory of symptoms, impairment, and related phenomena, including individual variability and trends within and between populations;
    • The use of multiple measurement methods (e.g., questionnaires, behavioral and physiological measurements) and the development of diagnostic criteria according to these measurements;
    • The epidemiology and prevalence of misophonia, as this may inform the scope and significance of misophonia as a public health problem;
    • Individual differences in demographic factors, especially with underrepresented and marginalized populations; and
    • The influence of contextual factors on the development and expression of misophonia (e.g., family, friends, school, community).
  2. Development or validation of objective methods. Proposals may develop or validate physiological and/ or behavioral methods (i.e., objective assessments) to assess misophonia. With the 2022 publication of the consensus definition of misophonia (the full article describing consensus definition development can be found here), the MRF expects applicants to integrate the definition throughout proposals and encourages applicants to apply, test, challenge, and/or modify the definition (with explanation) to contribute to the iterative understanding of misophonia and how it can be assessed and measured. Proposals should also aim to understand differences and overlap between misophonia and other sensory tolerance disorders (e.g., hyperacusis) and between misophonia and co-occurring mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders).
  3. Clinical and/or animal model study of interventional approaches. Proposals should use rigorous experimental methods to develop and/or evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and efficacy of interventions for misophonia. Clinically-oriented proposals may collect pilot data to inform future, larger randomized controlled trials but must still include rigorously constructed control and experimental groups. Creative interventional approaches are encouraged, including:
    • Early prevention and intervention,
    • Multidisciplinary treatment models,
    • Novel treatment approaches (e.g., pharmacotherapy, portable technology, digital health platforms, multimodal manual treatment strategies, augmented or virtual reality, gamification, etc.), and
    • Controlled comparative efficacy trials of promising treatments.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Each applicant organization must be a non-profit academic or research institution, including domestic and non-U.S. non-profit organizations, domestic and non-U.S. public/private academic universities or institutions of higher learning (including colleges, universities, medical schools, and other related academic research institutions); certain qualified governmental agencies with active biomedical research programs may also apply.
2. All proposed research projects must be led by a Principal Investigator (PI) who holds a doctorate (e.g.,
Ph.D., M.D., Psy.D., Au.D.) or related research doctoral degree. PIs must be either an independent investigator or postdoctoral fellow. PIs must be selected by and identified by the applicant organization.
3. For purposes of this Request for Proposals (RFP), a “postdoctoral fellow” is an individual whose doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Psy.D., Au.D., or an equivalent degree) is conferred by July 1, 2023, and who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of their choosing.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Timeline:
1. Friday, December 9, 2022: Letters of Intent (LOI) due via online grants portal by 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
2. Friday, January 6, 2023: Applicant organizations whose LOIs are selected to move to the next stage will be invited to submit full proposals.
3. Friday, March 10, 2023: Invited applicant organizations shall submit their full proposals via the online
grants portal by 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
4. August 2023: MRF will notify applicant organizations of funding decisions.
5. October 2023: Grant period begins. Grantees complete administrative tasks and IRB approval process.

Institutions can submit more than one proposal, but each proposal must be led by a unique PI.

IRB (for human studies) and/or IACUC (for animal studies) approval is required before initial payments are made.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The Misophonia Research Fund intends to award 5-10 General misophonia research grants annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant will provide up to $250,000 US dollars in funding per year for up to two years for a maximum aggregate total of $500,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

One- to two-year research projects.

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