American Lung Association Now Accepting Research Applications for Future Investments

2022-2023 call –for applications, along with ongoing research projects, demonstrate long-term commitment to improving lung health and eliminating lung disease

Today the American Lung Association announces the start of its 2022-2023 research awards and grants cycle with a call –for applications to further reinforce the organization’s investment in funding better treatment options and enhance the search for lung disease cures.

“Nearly 37 million Americans live with chronic lung disease. COVID-19 has added to the urgent need to fund and find solutions that alleviate the impact of lung disease on our nation’s health,” said American Lung Association President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. “As such, the Lung Association remains dedicated to saving more lives by funding innovative lung health research that has the potential to make a positive impact on those living with lung disease. We look forward to welcoming new researchers to our powerhouse team.”

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

Below is a list of currently available research funding opportunities:

  • COVID-19 & Respiratory Virus Research Award: $100,000 per year for up to two years 
    This award is intended to support investigators who have the ability to advance our knowledge of COVID-19 and other novel respiratory viruses with pandemic potential. Successful applicants have evidence of ongoing excellence and productivity in a related field.
  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award: $100,000 per year for up to two years
    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. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required for this award.
  • Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award: $75,000 per year for up to two years
    A long-standing joint effort between the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to encourage and support early-stage investigators with a primary faculty appointment in an allergy/immunology division or section, to conduct research into advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease.
  • Innovation Award: $75,000 per year for up to two years
    This award will support promising 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
    This award champions the next generation of scientists who are ascending toward independence by supporting mentored investigators who are conducting basic science, behavioral, clinical or translational research into lung health.
  • Public Policy Research Award: $50,000 per year for up to two years
    This mechanism is designed to help stimulate and inform important public policy debates around healthy air and lung disease. This award supports research on and evaluation of existing public policy and programs, as well as projects that inject innovative ideas into public policies impacting lung health.
  • 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.

While the Lung Association will announce the full 2021-2022 research team this fall, a preview of highlighted awardees can be found at

For more information about the active research funding opportunities, visit For media seeking an interview with an American Lung Association-funded researcher or lung health expert, contact Elizabeth Cook at [email protected] or 312-801-7631.

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Elizabeth Cook
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