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Grants to USA Researchers to Support Studies Related to Lung Disease

Innovation Award


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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of $75,000 per year to USA early-career researchers affiliated with nonprofit research institutions for studies related to lung disease. Funding is intended for projects that help detect, prevent, and treat lung disease. The goal of the grant program is to assist promising independent investigators with basic science, behavioral, clinical, or translational research on lung health or diseases. Successful applicants are investigators with evidence of prior excellence and productivity in the early stages of their careers.

No more than 75% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee’s salary or fringe benefits and no more than 30% of the total award budget may be used to fund the purchase of permanent equipment. Grant funds may be used for the salary and fringe benefit costs of personnel other than the Applicant.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The award is intended to support highly promising investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, who have the potential to advance the field of lung disease science. Successful applicants are investigators with evidence of prior excellence and productivity in the early stages of their careers; applicants must have held a K or R type award within three years prior to applying for this Lung Association award.

At the time of application, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a full-time faculty or professional appointment equivalent with demonstrated institutional commitment (salary support, research space as evidenced by a Department Chair or equivalent letter) in a recognized academic or other not-for-profit research institution. The applicant's publication record should reflect significant scientific contributions. The applicant must have held a K or R level grant in the 3-5 years prior to the application.

At the time of application, candidates must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses:
- Permanent resident (Green Card),
- Exchange visitor (J-1),
- Temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B),
- Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN),
- Australians in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa)
- Temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1)

At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution.

Institution: The research institution must be owned and operated exclusively for scientific and education purposes, non-profit and located in the United States. Institutions eligible to participate include: Nonprofit colleges or universities and domestic non-profit scientific and research institutions.

Individuals who have been PI on two or more large federal research grants (even those with multiple PIs) in their career are not eligible to apply (examples of large federal grants are R01, U01, P01, and VA Merit). Note that being identified as a Co-Investigator does not count toward this restriction.

Applicants from institutions that do not have accreditation from the AAALAC, USDA and/or IACUC are not eligible to apply.

American Lung Association funds shall not be used to duplicate any work supported by other funding agencies. It is the responsibility of the applicant/awardee to notify the Lung Association of any potential budgetary or scientific overlap.

No award shall be used for the purchase of furniture, computers, the construction or renovation of facilities, payment of honoraria, membership dues or tuition, purchase of textbooks or periodicals or payment for secretarial support.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- August 7, 2023: Applications accepted through ProposalCentral
- December 15, 2023: Application Deadline (11:59 PM, ET)
- January-April: Peer Review Period
- June 2024: Outcome notifications are sent to all applicants
- July 1, 2024: Research term begins

It is recommended that applicants submit projects to the appropriate Institutional Animal Care and Use of Committee (IACUC) and human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the time of application or before. Copies of the approvals must be provided to the American Lung Association prior to the start of an award.

Grants are paid semi-annually, to the institution only.

Applicants are limited to submitting only one application per annual cycle.

An applicant can be awarded this grant only once.

An applicant who is unsuccessful in a competition may resubmit the same or similar application once.


Review and Funding Process:

Estimated Size of Grant
$75,000 per year

Term of Contract
Up to two years. The second year of support is contingent on demonstration of satisfactory profress, as well as the availability of funding.

Contact Information
Submit the application online:

For technical questions regarding the electronic application process, please contact proposal CENTRAL at (or 1-800-875-2562).

For questions on the Awards and Grants program, please email

American Lung Association
55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872

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