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The goal of the American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program is to fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers, gaining a long-term commitment to lung disease research. The Lung Association is particularly interested in highly meritorious research projects consistent with our strategic imperatives:

  • Defeat lung cancer
  • Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease
  • Reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families
  • Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung diseases


Alliance Awards- Awards that the American Lung Association Co-Sponsors with other Organizations

  • The SU2C-LUNGevity-American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team will provide up to $7 million to solve key problems in lung cancer interception research. The American Lung Association (ALA) is the country's leading organization working to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Specifically involved is LUNG FORCE, an ALA Lung Association initiative that seeks to unites women the nation against and ultimately defeating lung cancer.

    Details on the program are available via the AACR page on The deadline for Letters of Intent is March 22, 2017.  The submission of full proposals will be invited from those selected for further consideration.

  • Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award: $75,000/yr.
     Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support research on advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease. Applicants may be at any level of research experience but must have a primary faculty appointment in an allergy/immunology division/section of an academic institution; priority will be given to applicants at or below the rank of associate professor.

  • Alpha-1 Research Grant: $40,000/ yr.
    To encourage research on advancing the understanding of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and 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.

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. Investigators with projects that focus on understanding the impact of lung cancer in women are encouraged to apply, areas of interest 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

  • Biomedical Research Grant: $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators on the path to independence researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. Duration: up to two years.
  • Clinical Patient Care Research Grant: $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators on the path to independence working on traditional clinical studies examining methods of improving patient care and/or treatment for lung disease. Duration: up to two years.
  • Social-Behavioral Research Grant: $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators on the path to independence working on epidemiological and behavioral studies examining risk factors affecting lung health. This grant includes studies concerning the ethical, legal and economic aspects of health services and policies. Duration: up to two years.
  • Dalsemer Research Grant: $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies to junior investigators on the path to independence for researching the mechanisms and biology of interstitial lung disease. Duration: up to two years.

Training Awards—Sponsor required

  • 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. Research areas of particular interest to the American Lung Association are: psychosocial, behavioral, health services, health policy, epidemiological, biostatistical and educational matters related to lung disease. Duration: up to two years.
  • Senior Research Training Fellowship: $32,500/yr.
    Post-doctoral support for MDs and/or PhDs receiving further academic training as scientific investigators. Research areas of particular interest to the American Lung Association are: adult pulmonary medicine, pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. Duration: up to two years.

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Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network

The Lung Association's ACRC Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research, attracting some of the best investigators worldwide. The ACRC Network conducts large clinical trials that will have a direct impact on patient care for COPD and asthma. Learn more »

Research Awards Nationwide

The Lung Association's Nationwide Research Program fosters basic, clinical and behavioral research designed to find cures and to prevent and relieve the suffering lung disease causes. To see what we are currently funding please see the searchable list of our awardees. Learn more »

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