TSHA - Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association

    Research Grants

    The purpose of the TSH Foundation (TSHF) Research Program, taken from the TSHF overall mission, is to improve the lives of people with communication disorders by supporting research. Through the generosity of our donors, several small research endowments have been established and are awarded each year through a competitive application process. Doctoral students in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or working with a CSD faculty, faculty in CSD, and clinical professionals are eligible to apply.  Though not required, clinical professionals are strongly encouraged to establish a partnership with a research faculty for their project, particularly in cases where research is a new endeavor, to ensure their application has the methodological rigor to be competitive. There is a specific research grant application for each of these categories of applicants (i.e. PhD student, faculty, practicing clinician).  Applicants should complete the one application form that best matches their qualifications.   

    A list and description of the endowed research awards are provided below. While there is considerable overlap among the awards with respect to their purpose or target population, there are some subtle differences in emphasis.  Applicants do not need to specify a particular award unless they want to highlight how their project meets a specific area of emphasis. Otherwise, the research committee will match the applications to the most appropriate award funds.  Applicants may only apply for one award per year.

    The amount of the award is limited by the available funds in each endowment. Each research award typically ranges from $1000 to $1500.  It is understood that the amount of the award will not likely cover all of the applicant’s costs. Applicants should specify how the funds will be used, and include a description of any additional funding they have for their projects so that the feasibility of the proposed project being completed can be evaluated. Due to the limited resources available, TSHF awards cover only direct costs; there are no indirect costs associated with any of the TSHF endowments. After being notified that they will receive an award, the recipient must send in writing to whom the award should be addressed. If it is managed by their institution’s Office of Research the applicant must provide the name and address of the contact person and to whom the funds should be addressed.

    Travel awards are to support international travel for presentation at a professional conference in the area of language science or language disorders. These awards may be a bit higher, up to  $2500 or more depending on the applicant’s actual costs.  There is a specific application form for travel wards

    Recipients of all Research Grants are selected by the Research Committee of the Foundation. Members of the research committee are selected based on the topic areas of the applications.  Each application will be rated by at least two reviewers.  The criteria used for each tpe of application are presented in the Guidelines for Grant submission.  

    Click here to review the Guidelines for the TSH Foundation Research Grant Submission

    Tina E. Bangs Research Endowment Fund – Awards grants to conduct empirical, clinical or educational research to expand the knowledge base of the professions and/or improve the delivery of services to children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders.

    Lear Ashmore Research Endowment Fund – Supports grants to conduct empirical, clinical or educational research to expand the knowledge base of the professions and/or improve delivery of services to children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders.

    President’s Research Endowment Fund – Supports grants to conduct empirical, clinical or educational research to expand the knowledge base of the professions and/or improve delivery of services to children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders.

    Elisabeth Wiig Doctoral Student Research Fund – Supports doctoral students in Texas conducting research in language disorders across the lifespan.

    Travel Award

    Sandy Friel-Patti Research in Language International Travel Fund –.  Advances the work of researchers in the field of language and supports travel to present doctoral research in language to an international venue.

    If you have questions regarding TSH Foundation Research Grants, please contact tshfresearchawards@gmail.com