Recognizing and rewarding scientific research

Fondation Pour l’Audition, a public-interest foundation, has committed to an ambitious program to bring together research, healthcare and disease prevention. As part of this mission, it rewards and supports pioneering hearing science researchers.

Hearing health is a major public health issue: worldwide, more than 460 million people have incapacitating hearing loss. Through its commitment, Fondation Pour l’Audition aims to promote scientific progress, provide new solutions and offer new hope to people impacted by hearing loss.

At a time of major scientific progress, when inner ear therapies are becoming a reality, Fondation Pour l’Audition is reinforcing its commitment by encouraging talents and paying tribute to scientific breakthroughs in France and worldwide, with 3 prizes delivered every year.


Early Career Scientific Prizes fundamental research


Early Career Scientific Prizes clinical research


Scientific Grand Prize


Two Early Career Scientific Prizes

The Fondation Pour l’Audition Early Career Scientific Prize is awarded annually to two French scientists in recognition of the excellence of their work and its impact on hearing sciences in two categories: clinical research and fundamental research.

Each laureate is awarded €40,000.

To apply, candidates must be researchers or doctors aged 45 or under working at a French public research laboratory.

New in 2020: candidates to the Early Career Scientific Prizes are eligible up to 12 years after their PhD degree or up to 12 years after the end of their clinical residency or fellowship.

Scientific Grand Prize

This prize pays tribute to scientists and doctors whose work represents a major breakthrough in hearing science, offering new hope to all. Since these scientific advances go beyond borders, Fondation Pour l’Audition wants to support experts who are accelerating progress in hearing research, wherever they are – in France or abroad.

The Grand Prize is open to practicing researchers and doctors (excluding those with emeritus status). Each nomination must be submitted by a peer, who should highlight the candidate’s qualities and achievements. The criteria evaluated include the candiate’s standing and reputation in the scientific and medical community, their expertise, experience and achievements, the quality and excellence of their research, and finally the impact of their work on hearing health.

The laureate of the Grand Prize is awarded €100,000.

Nomination process

Candidates for the Scientific Grand prize may only be nominated by their peers. They may not nominate themselves.

Candidates for the Early Career Scientific Prize may nominate themselves for the prize or be nominated by a peer.

Evaluation process

Candidates who fulfill the conditions of the scientific prize rules will be examined by an ad-hoc committee of hearing science experts external to the Fondation Pour l’Audition’s scientific committee.

Once the candidates have been shortlisted by the ad-hoc committee, the Fondation Pour l’Audition’s scientific committee will propose laureates for the two scientific prizes to the Fondation Pour l’Audition’s board of directors.


To nominate a candidate or nominate yourself, download and use the relevant form. No other form will be accepted. Read and follow the instructions carefully provided in the policies and guidelines of the call for nominations.

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