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For over a century, the American Lung Association has worked to advance medical and scientific research for lung diseases to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families. The Lung Association has provided financial support for more than 1,500 projects, with more than $79 million dedicated to research funding since 2008. Over the years we've worked 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

To see what we are currently funding please see the searchable list of our awardees.

To Apply

Application materials are available through proposalCENTRAL.

It is strongly recommended that applicants thoroughly read the Program Descriptions to determine eligibility for an award and Application Guidelines to ensure accurate preparation of an application.

  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award: $100,000/yr.
    Supports independent 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

  • Biomedical Research Grant: $50,000/yr.
    Mentor required. Provides seed monies for emerging 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: $50,000/yr.
    Mentor required. Provides seed monies for emerging 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: $50,000/yr.
    Mentor required. Provides seed monies for emerging 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: $50,000/yr.
    Mentor required. Provides seed monies to emerging investigators on the path to independence for researching the mechanisms and biology of interstitial lung disease. Duration: up to two years.
  • Lung Health Dissertation Grant: $21,000/yr.
    Sponsor required. 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, bio statistical and educational matters related to lung disease. Duration: up to two years.
  • Senior Research Training Fellowship: $32,500/yr.
    Sponsor required. 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.

Alliance Awards

We have a long tradition of working with like-minded organizations to co-fund impactful research and welcomes the opportunity to jointly fund research projects in areas of mutual interest. We look forward to expanding this program to include innovative and collaborative projects that help to ensure the needs of patients are met through advances in treatment that lead to improved quality of life and long term survival.  Please contact us at, if your organization is interested in working together to increase research funding for lung diseases.

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 Dream Team will be selected after a competitive process, and will investigate early molecular or other changes that lead to cancer development. This will help inform successful future strategies and new approaches for early detection and prevention.

  • 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.

Anticipated Timeline

Late August 2017: Applicants are invited to submit grant applications
October 4, 2017: Lung Cancer Discovery Award Letters of Intent Due
November 2017: LOI outcomes emailed to prospective applicants
December 21, 2017: Awards and Grants Applications Due - see ProposalCENTRAL for specific deadline times.
March 2018: Peer Review Committee Meetings
June 2018: Outcome notifications emailed to all applicants
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: Award term

Read the Research Grants FAQs to get answers to frequently asked questions about the Awards and Grants Program.

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