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Grants to USA Early-Career Researchers for Studies Related to Lung Biology and Disease

Catalyst Grant


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

Grant Description
Grants of $50,000 per year to USA early-career researchers affiliated with nonprofit institutions for research studies related to lung biology and diseases. Funding is intended to support innovative projects conducted under the supervision of a qualified mentor. Preference will be given to projects that utilize modern technologies and incorporate a multidisciplinary collaborative training plan.

The American Lung Association Catalyst Award is a mentored award meant to support outstanding investigators on the path to independence for research into the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. Preference is given to projects that are novel, innovative in design/approach, utilize modern technologies, and incorporate a multidisciplinary collaborative training plan.

No more than 75% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee’s salary and/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
Successful applicants are early career faculty, on-track to pursue a career in lung health research with a mentor who has a demonstrated history of lung disease research and mentorship.

At the time of application, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DSc, MD, DO, etc.) and be affiliated with a recognized academic or other not-for-profit institution.

This award is intended to support investigators prior to receipt of career-development awards, like NIH K08, K23, K99 or similar. Postdoctoral Fellows (PhD) and Medical Fellows (MD or DO) who are seeking to complete at least two years of mentored research training are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

MD or DO applicants must have completed two years of research training after receiving their terminal degree prior to the start of the award.

Factors that are considered indicative of an established investigator include, but are not limited to, academic rank of professor or associate professor, awards of established investigators (NIH R01, Veterans Administration Merit Review awards), or a national reputation as an investigator in their field.

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

Medical residents, those presently enrolled in a degree program (e.g., graduate students), and established investigators are not eligible to apply.

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
$50,000 per year.

Term of Contract
Funding is for up to two years. Grants are subject to annual review. The second year of support is based on demonstration of satisfactory progress.

The American Lung Association award period is July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2026.

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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