Professional Grant Opportunities

2015-2016 Awards and Grants Program

Application deadline: December 15, 2014
Lung Cancer Discovery Letter of Intent: October 1, 2014

We invite qualified scientists in all areas of lung health including risk factor research to submit an application for the 2015-2016 grant cycle and join us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing all lung diseases. The goals of the Awards and Grants Program are to:

  1. foster laboratory, patient-centered and social-behavioral research designed to prevent and relieve the suffering associated with all lung diseases and corresponding risk factors
  2. fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers to gain long-term commitment to lung disease research

The American Lung Association recently launched its Lung Force Campaign, which will unite women to stand together against  lung cancer and for lung health. Consistent with this campaign’s direction and emphasis we are particularly interested in proposals related to early detection, treatment and cures for lung cancer.

Learn more about the Terms and Conditions governing our Awards and Grants Program.

Grant Offerings

Program Descriptions can be accessed by clicking on grant title. Guidelines to assist in preparing an application are available as a downloadable PDF.

**Please read both of these documents before starting an application. Applicants not in compliance with requirements may be administratively withdrawn**

I. Training Awards

  • Lung Health Dissertation Grant (1 grant available): $21,000/yr.
    Pre-doctoral support for nurses or students with an academic career focused on the various disciplines of social science.
  • Senior Research Training Fellowship (8-10 grants available): $32,500/yr.
    Post-doctoral support for 1st and 2nd year PhD fellows and 3rd and 4th year MD fellows in the basic sciences.

II. Independent Investigator Awards

  • American Lung Association / ARTrustTM Allergic Respiratory Disease Award (2 grants available): $75,000/yr. 
    Supports faculty members of allergy/immunology divisions of an academic institution undertaking a project related to allergic respiratory disease.
  • Biomedical Research Grant (10-12 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology.
  • Clinical Patient Care Research Grant (1-2 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on traditional clinical studies examining methods of improving patient care and/or treatment for lung disease.
  • Dalsemer Research Grant (1 grant available): $40,000/yr.
    Provide seed monies for junior investigators researching interstitial lung disease.
  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award (5 grants available): $100,000/yr.
    Supports investigators, at any level of research experience, focused on the early detection and treatments for lung cancer. Letter of Intent is due October 1, 2014.
  • Social-Behavioral Research Grant (1-2 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on epidemiological, behavioral or economic studies examining risk factors affecting lung health


To encourage research on advancing the understanding of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, the American Lung Association (ALA) has teamed up with the Alpha-1 Foundation to offer the Alpha-1 Research Grant. The objective of the Research Grant is to support clinical, laboratory, epidemiological or any other kind of research projects aimed at developing novel medical treatments, advancing current treatment options or finding a cure for Alpha-1. The Alpha-1 Research Grant is for $40,000 per year. The period of performance for this award is July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  A letter of intent is not required for the Alpha-1 Research Grant. All applications must be submitted electronically through proposalCENTRAL by March 4, 2015. Eligibility requirements and application instructions are available through proposalCENTRAL.

At this time we are not requesting applications for our Asthma Clinical Research Centers