Awards Overview

The American Lung Association offers annual funding opportunities as a part of its Awards and Grants Program. The Awards and Grants Program supports basic, clinical and behavioral/policy research through training and investigator-initiated peer-review proposals.

Our current grant offerings include:

Independent Investigator Awards

  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award: $100,000/yr. Supports investigators, at any level of research experience, focusing on novel treatments or a cure for lung cancer. A Letter of Intent is required for this award. Duration: Up to two years.
  • LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award: $133,350/yr. Supports investigators, at any level of research experience, focusing on elucidating and understanding the impact of lung cancer in women. A Letter of Intent is required for this award. Duration: Up to three years.
    Potential areas of focus in this population can include:
    • Novel examination of tumor testing
    • Pilot Studies examining new treatment options
    • Lung Cancer in Never-Smokers
    • Patient Centered Outcomes, Patient Engagement and Health Services Research

Junior Investigator Awards - Mentor required

  • American Lung Association / AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award: $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: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology.
  • Clinical Patient Care Research Grant: $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: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators researching interstitial lung disease.
  • Social-Behavioral Research Grant: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on epidemiological, behavioral or economic studies examining risk factors affecting lung health.

Training Awards

  • Lung Health Dissertation Grant: $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: $32,500/yr. Post-doctoral support for 1st and 2nd year PhD fellows and 3rd and 4th year MD fellows in the basic sciences.

Alliance Awards Program

The American Lung Association research program provides opportunities to focus on targeted lung disease/health issues as well as work with like-minded medical societies in the funding of high-level lung disease research. Major donor sponsors and funding partners of the American Lung Association include the Alpha-1 Foundation, the COPD Foundation, LAM Foundation, LUNGevity Foundation, NTM Info & Research, Inc. and the National Sleep Foundation.