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American Lung Association Research Team for 2018-2019 Announced, Funding $7.3 Million in Lung Health Research

American Lung Association sharpens research program, accepting applications for new research awards

(October 30, 2018) - Chicago, IL

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

With a vision of a world free of lung disease, the American Lung Association funds a wide range of research around lung health, including lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. Today the organization has announced an investment of $7.3 million in the new 2018-2019 Research Team through the Airways Clinical Research Centers and 58 awards and grants, and seeks new applicants for the 2019-2020 awards, featuring new and larger awards.

“More than 33 million Americans are facing a chronic lung disease, and we must aggressively invest in research to find better ways to prevent, treat and even cure lung diseases,” said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. “Improving lung health and preventing lung disease has been the heart of our mission, and today I’m proud to announce our investment of more than $7.3 million in promising medical research this year.”

An important component of the American Lung Association Research Team is the Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network. The Lung Association’s ACRC is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research and helps bring findings from the lab directly to the patients’ bedside.

Research projects funded by the Lung Association are carefully selected through rigorous scientific review and represent the investigation of a wide range of complex issues to help combat and reduce the suffering and burden of lung disease.

“The Lung Association has been funding research since 1909, and as the field of research has evolved throughout the years, we continue to evaluate our research program and the unique role and contributions the American Lung Association can make in the field,” said Wimmer. “Expanding on over a century of success, we have shaped and honed our research program to fund the best pioneering minds with the greatest potential to drive innovation, discover the unknown and improve the lives of those living with lung disease.”

In the 2019-2020 year, the Lung Association has increased award amounts and created new awards, the opportunities currently available includes:

Lung Cancer Discovery Award - $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Research is critical to advancing our understanding of lung cancer and requires an inventive approach to tackle the disease’s complexities. The Lung Cancer Discovery Award is intended to support independent investigators conducting clinical, laboratory, epidemiological or any groundbreaking project aimed at revolutionizing our current understanding of lung cancer and improving diagnostic, clinical, and treatment methods.

Innovation Award - $75,000 per year for up to two years.
With a proven track record of success, the scientist best suited to apply for the Innovation Award is poised to make a significant impact in lung health discoveries. This award will support independent investigators who are leveraging their existing body of work to conduct basic science, behavioral, clinical, or translational research for lung health.

Catalyst Award - $50,000 per year for up to two years.
Scientific innovation is key when researching complex lung diseases. The Catalyst Award champions the next generation of scientists who are ascending toward independence. The intent of the award is to support mentored-investigators who are conducting basic science, behavioral, clinical, or translational research into lung health.

Public Policy Grant - $50,000 per year for up to two years.
The Public Policy Grant is designed to help stimulate and inform important public policy debates around healthy air and lung disease. The intent is to support research on and evaluation of existing public policy and programs, as well as projects that inject innovative ideas into public policies impacting lung health.

Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award (AAAAI) - $75,000 per year for up to two years.
Representing a long-standing joint effort between the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), this grant encourages and supports investigators with a primary faculty appointment in an allergy-immunology division, to conduct research into advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease.

Dalsemer Award - $50,000 per year for up to two years.
This is a mentored award meant to provide seed monies to junior investigators for researching the mechanisms and biology of interstitial lung disease

Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 year. Learn more about research grant opportunities at For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and the research the Lung Association funds, contact Allison MacMunn at Me[email protected] or 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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