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2018 Lung Disease Research Awards and Grants

(September 15, 2017)

Research is a cornerstone of the American Lung Association mission and is crucial to a future where lung disease no longer threatens our lives or our loved ones. The Lung Association has supported research to achieve healthy air and improve lung health through 1,500 projects and more than $79 million in research funding since 2008, alone. This year is no different as we continue to fund, develop, promote and advocate for programs that will result in life-changing advances to prevent and treat lung disease.

Our Awards and Grants program funds the best and brightest scientific minds aimed at creating a world free of lung disease. This year, the organization will fund more than $6.6 million in awards and grants and the Lung Association is excited to open the applications window to fund a new team of researchers.

The Awards and Grants program has always focused on gaining a long-term commitment to lung disease research. To do so, we fund scientists at important crossroads in their careers in hopes of garnering the attention and dedication needed to fight lung diseases. Researchers like Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., who in 1989 received an American Lung Association Career Investigator Award. "That grant got me started in the field of lung injury and repair," he says. Since then, Matalon has published over 200 papers on acute lung injury and has trained a large number of fellows who are now independent investigators.

Continuing in this tradition, awards like the Biomedical Research Grant provide seed monies for emerging investigators on the path to independence who are researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. We're also funding awards like the Senior Research Training Fellowship providing post-doctoral support for M.D.s and/or Ph.Ds. receiving further academic training as scientific investigators. The research areas of particular interest for the Training Awards include adult pulmonary medicine, pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. The Lung Association is particularly interested in highly meritorious research projects consistent with our strategic imperatives to defeat lung cancer, improve air so it will not cause or worsen lung disease, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease.

This year's application period runs until December 21. However, the Lung Cancer Discovery Award, which supports investigators at any level of research experience focusing on lung cancer, requires a letter of intent that is due by October 4.

Those interested can learn more about what we are currently funding and more about the awards, eligibility and the application process at our online Research Awards and Grants FAQs.

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