Seymour R. Cohen, MD Research Grant

Seymour R. Cohen, MD, Research Grant Guidelines

Grant Policies


The purpose of this award is to support basic science research projects in the area of laryngology or neurolaryngology with relevance to the pediatric population, and should lead to furthering the fields of pediatric laryngology or pediatric neurolaryngology.


Candidates for this award should be otolaryngologists who have completed or are presently in their training at an ACGME accredited program in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. PhDs or Speech Language Pathologists may also apply for this award; however mentorship or collaboration with an otolaryngologist is required. All investigators must be citizens of the United States or Canada. Previous ALA research grant recipients are eligible to compete for this grant. However, candidates who have successfully obtained funding from a private or federal funding agency for the same research are ineligible. Candidates who have applied for support of the same research from other funding sources, and who are notified of an award from both another agency and from ALA must choose only one of the awards.


Research supported by this award should be specifically directed toward the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases, disorders, or conditions of the larynx and related voice, airway and swallowing anatomy. A basic science component is required, While not specifically required, proposals which aim to introduce new knowledge and methodology from other disciplines, or which demonstrate collaborative effort with members of other related disciplines are encouraged.

Projects must be designed so as to yield useful information within the period of award, but priority will be given to projects that are also innovative with promise to develop into new long-range or expanded research programs capable of attracting funding from other sources. The grant application must be accompanied by letters of support from the Chair of the candidate’s academic department. These letters are to indicate a general level of support of the applicant, and to demonstrate the fact that the Department will make time, space, and other resources accessible for completion of the project.


  1. Amount: $15,000 maximum. The foundation will consider requests to cover travel expenses up to $1000 for the principal investigator to present his/her results at the ALA annual meeting.
  2. Period: 12 months, non-renewable
  3. Use of Funds: A detailed budget and budget justification constitute part of the application and will be evaluated as part of the review process. Funding may not be used to support the Principal Investigator’s salary during the period of the award. Salary for professionals and capital equipment shall be excluded. The ALA will not pay institutional (indirect) costs for this very modest award.
  4. Review: Applications will be reviewed by members of the ALA Research Committee and recommendations submitted to the ALA Council. Recommendations for funding must be approved by the ALA Council.
  5. Notification: The awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting. Notification letters will be sent within four weeks of award.
  6. Start Date: The award may be activated as early as July 1 of the year of award, but no later than January 1 of the following year.


Allow yourself enough time to have the appropriate individuals review your application. Once your application is complete, print your cover page and have all of the necessary individuals sign.

Keep in mind that it may take a few days to obtain all of the necessary signatures.  Once all signatures have been obtained, you should scan and submit the application electronically to Maxine Cunningham at  See ALA Research Grant Application Guidelines below.


The Principal Investigator, Department Chairman, and Institution Official are required to sign the original grant application cover sheet (all signatures must appear on copies). The grant is legally awarded to the institution with which the Principal Investigator is affiliated, not to the investigator or his/her Division or Department. For this reason, it is very important that applicants comply with their home institution’s policies on pre-submission processing of grant applications. This can take time, so it is wise to plan ahead, allowing adequate time for processing and approvals.  Applicants are advised to consult their institution’s offices of research administration or sponsored projects for information on processing requirements for an application prior to its submission.


If the proposed research involves human subjects or vertebrate animals at any time, the project must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This approval should be obtained prior to submission and submitted with the application.  If such approval is unavoidably delayed, enter “pending” instead of the approval date. Grant applications which have not obtained appropriate IRB or IACUC approvals by the time of grant decision will not receive funding.   Any changes in the proposed work required by an IRB or IACUC to secure approval must be submitted to the ALA with the follow-up certification, prior to review or after the work is in progress.


1.  A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted to the ALA by December 1st   prior to the year of the grant award..  Send LOI to Maxine Cunningham at

2.  All final grant application materials must be submitted to the ALA by midnight, Central Standard Time, January 16, 2024.  Allow yourself enough time to have the appropriate individuals review your application. Once your application is complete, print your cover page and have all of the necessary individuals sign.  Keep in mind that it may take a few days to obtain all of the necessary signatures.  Once all signatures have been obtained, you should scan the documents and submit as .pdf files to Maxine Cunningham at


In carrying out its stewardship of research programs, the ALA may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program. Accordingly, the recipient is hereby notified that she/he may be contacted after the completion of the award for periodic updates on various aspects of employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.


Recipients of the ALA-Seymour R. Cohen MD Research Grant are required to complete an interim report at 6-months after the start date of the grant.  Within 30-days of the completion of the project, the awardee will submit a final report suitable for publication.  The ALA shall have the right of first refusal for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the ALA at COSM, and for publication of the research-supported manuscript to be submitted to the Laryngoscope. A final financial report must be submitted within 90 days of the close of the project.  Any publications resulting from a project supported with the award shall acknowledge the contribution of the ALA-Seymour R. Cohen Research Grant.



(Submit electronically to Maxine Cunningham at

Submit a brief (Maximum 1 page) letter of your intent to submit a grant proposal to the ALA.  Include (1) Name of ALA Research Grant, (2) PI name, (3) Address, (4) Contact e-mail, telephone/fax numbers, (5) Institution and address/telephone, (6) Title of research proposal, and (7) brief (up to 250 words) summary of research proposal.



(Click on links below for blank application forms)

(Submit electronically to Maxine Cunningham at

  1. Cover Page with Institutional Contacts and Signatures.
  2. Biographical Sketch (maximum 1 page for each key personnel)
  3. Research Proposal:
    1. Summary of Project with Health Relevance (maximum 1/2 page)
    2. Significance and Background (maximum 1 page)
    3. Innovation (maximum 1 page)
    4. Specific Aims (list up to 3)
    5. Approach/Research Design (maximum 3 pages)
    6. Timeline for Completion of Research Proposal (maximum 1/2 page)
    7. References (maximum 1 page)
  4. Detailed Budget (maximum 1 page)
  5. Institutional Resources Relevant to Proposal (maximum 1 page)
  6. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval letter or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval letter, as applicable
  7. Institutional support letters (Letters from Department Chair and Key Mentors