Barbara Martin Aphasia Research Grant

Sponsored by the National Aphasia Association (NAA) and Academy of Aphasia (AOA)


The National Aphasia Association (NAA) and the Academy of Aphasia (AOA) invite clinicians and researchers who do not have current or prior external funding (e.g. NIH R01) to submit proposals in line with the mission of the NAA in competition for two aphasia research grants of $10,000 each. At least one award funded will be a clinical research grant. Funding will be disbursed in U.S. currency. These grants are designed to help further aphasia research activities by funding one-year, preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale aphasia research studies. Research should be focused to match a one-year scope and should have clinical relevance to aphasia. Projects can be focused on studying prevalence, prognosis, assessment or treatment of aphasia. 

Note: The proposal deadline is July 1, 2023. The winners will be announced in September, 2023. The award dates are October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024. Award winners will submit to present at the Academy of Aphasia meeting (AOA) in October 2024 or 2025 and if accepted AOA meeting registration fees will be waived.


Investigators must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the NAA/AOA Barbara Martin Research Grant.

International applicants may apply and will receive funds in US dollars.

Evaluation Criteria

A review panel will evaluate the proposals based on the following five criteria:

Reviewers will assign scores on a 1–9 scale for each criterion (1=exceptional, 9=poor), as well as an Overall Impact score based on all five criteria. The Overall Impact score tends to reflect reviewers' assessment of whether the proposed study will be completed competently, be disseminated appropriately, will advance the investigator's research program for future funding, and has the potential to positively impact people with aphasia.

The five criteria contribute differentially to the Overall Impact score to correspond to the goals and funding level of the grant competition. A tightly designed, feasible study is most appropriate for this competition.

For new investigators, for example, Approach would be more heavily weighted and Innovation would be less heavily weighted. The promise of the Investigator will be highly prioritized but will be evaluated in comparison to other new researchers in the discipline based on the investigator's ability to clearly describe the activities and timeline necessary to complete the study in one year.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposal text should be single-spaced and placed in ONE PDF document containing all required sections in the order indicated. Please use stated titles (below) as section headers. Selected font should be 11 point and uncondensed, and margins should be at least 1 inch. Pages should be numbered consecutively. The ONE PDF should be uploaded to the google forms application page. It should include the following sections:

Winner Announcement: Applicants are notified of competition results in September 2023.

Required Mid and Final Reports: Grant recipients are required to submit a mid report and a final report of activities and outcomes to the National Aphasia Association. The report requirements will include a one page summary of the (a) stated aims (b) progress made/major accomplishments, (c) dissemination plans, and/or (d) challenges to completion.The National Aphasia Association and the Academy of Aphasia strongly encourage recipients to submit their results to appropriate journals. All presentations or publications from work funded by this award must include appropriate acknowledgement of NAA/AOA funding via the Barbara Martin Aphasia Research Grant.The winners will submit to be eligible to present at an upcoming Academy of Aphasia annual meeting.

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Applications are now closed.