In its early years the MIO had limited funds and focused on providing clinical meetings, nurse training and lectures. However, in 1978 a generous bequest from Mr. Stirk Adams’ Will allowed the Institute to expand its scope considerably.
It has supported numerous research projects for consultants and trainees, provided expenses for members chairing sessions or presenting papers at meetings abroad, and established a Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Nottingham. In addition, since 1984 a Bursary has been awarded to enable a Midlands trainee to attend the Advanced Otology Course in Nijmegen.
In 1984 and 1985 the Institute joined with the TWJ Foundation to fund Fellowships open to national competition to enable a senior trainee to work in Toronto; and Fellowships have been awarded to enable trainees from Eastern Europe to attend the British Academic Conferences in Glasgow and Dublin.