Review and Funding Process

Peer Review

Applications undergo an internal pre-review process to ensure all eligibility requirements are met. Applications considered eligible will then go through a rigorous external peer review process. The American Lung Association’s Review Committees are comprised of accomplished and diverse researchers with the necessary expertise to review and assess each proposal for its scientific merits, technical feasibility, innovation and significance in meeting the organization’s mission. Those applicants who receive a full peer review will be provided with written critiques.

Peer review meetings will take place in March and April 2015. Outcome notifications, along with reviewer critiques, will be emailed to all applicants starting in May 2015. Telephone or e-mail requests for results are not permitted.

Funding Statistics

Proposals are funded based on the results of the peer review process. The American Lung Association only funds those applications deemed of highest quality. With the exception of the ALA/AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Disease Award, there are no requirements in the number of applications that must be funded for each grant mechanism. Therefore, the numbers of grants funded are not an indication of the importance of one grant mechanism over the other and will change on a yearly basis.

Funding results for the last review cycle(s) are as follows:


Grant Mechanism  Applications Received Applications Funded  Percentile Payline
ALA/AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Disease Award  20  20
Biomedical Research Grant  80 16  16
Clinical Patient Care Research Grant  4 0  0
Lung Cancer Discovery Award  40 6  22
Lung Health Dissertation Grant  9 2  22
Senior Research Training Fellowship  54 6  20
Social Behavioral Research Grant  17 2  16


Abstracts of funded research are reported in our annual Research Awards Nationwide publication.