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American Lung Association Invests More than $6.6 Million in Research Fiscal Year 2018, Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for Lung Disease Research

(September 7, 2017) - CHICAGO

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Allison MacMunn
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For more than a century, the American Lung Association has worked to advance medical and scientific research for all lung diseases and reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families. As an integral part of this continued effort, the organization will be funding more than $6.6 million in grants in fiscal year 2017-2018. The Lung Association is now accepting grant and award applications.

"For the more than 32 million Americans living with a lung disease, investing in research holds the promise for a healthier, longer life," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "We are proud to invest more than $6.6 million in lung disease research this year alone, because every dollar invested has the potential to transform and save lives, today and for future generations."

The American Lung Association has funded research for over 100 years, providing financial support for more than 1,500 projects, with more than $65 million dedicated to research funding since 2008. The American Lung Association Research Program consists of two primary components, the Awards and Grants Program, and the Airways Clinical Research Centers.

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

The American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment research and attracts some of the best investigators nationwide. The patient-centered treatment takes places in the network of 17 clinical research centers throughout the country and a Data Coordinating Center managed by a team at Johns Hopkins University.

Available Opportunities include:

Complete applications are due by December 21, 2017. Interested individuals can learn more about the awards, eligibility and the application process at our online Research Awards and Grants FAQ. For media interested in learning more about research supported by the American Lung Association, contact [email protected] or call 312-801-7628.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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