The American Lung Association invites motivated, bright and qualified scientists in all areas of lung health and associated risk factor research to submit an application for the upcoming 2017-2018 grant cycle.


The goals of the American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program are to:

  • Foster laboratory, patient-centered and social-behavioral research designed to prevent and relieve the suffering associated with all lung diseases and corresponding risk factors
  • Fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers to gain long-term commitment to lung disease research

Available Awards: For application details and more information, visit:   Interested applicants must submit a complete application to the American Lung Association by December 15, 2016 via proposalCENTRAL at

Lung Cancer Discovery Award: $100,000/yr. Supports investigators, at any level of research experience, focusing on novel treatments or a cure for lung cancer. Duration: Up to two years. A Letter of Intent due by October 3, 2016 is required for this award.

American Lung Association / AAAAI Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award: 75,000/yr.  Supports faculty members of allergy/immunology divisions of an academic institution undertaking a project related to allergic respiratory disease.  Duration: Up to two years.

Alpha-1 Research Grant: $40,000/ yr. Provides seed monies for advancing the understanding of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and to support clinical, laboratory, or epidemiological research projects aimed at developing novel treatments, advancing current treatment options or finding a cure for Alpha-1.

Biomedical Research Grant: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology.

Clinical Patient Care Research Grant: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on traditional clinical studies examining methods of improving patient care and/or treatment for lung disease.

Dalsemer Research Grant: $40,000/yr. Provide seed monies for junior investigators researching interstitial lung disease.

Social-Behavioral Research Grant: $40,000/yr. Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on epidemiological, behavioral or economic studies examining risk factors affecting lung health.

Lung Health Dissertation Grant: $21,000/yr.  Pre-doctoral support for nurses or students with an academic career focused on the various disciplines of social science.

Senior Research Training Fellowship: $32,500/yr.  Post-doctoral support for 1st and 2nd year PhD fellows and 3rd and 4th year MD fellows in the basic sciences.

We are pleased to announce new policies that expand eligibility criteria and increased budget flexibility.    

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 application cycle, past and current recipients in their final year of funding of the Lung Cancer Discovery award may apply for a second Discovery Grant Award. Applicants will be asked to identify whether the application is an extension of their original grant, or represents a new project. All applicants will be reviewed and evaluated through the annual peer review process.
  • The Junior Investigator awards (i.e., Biomedical Research Grant, Clinical Patient Care, Social-Behavior, etc.), the allowable salary amount has increased from up to 25% to up to 75%.
  • Travel and Publication Costs have been combined and increased for all awards, the Discretionary Funds allow up to $2,500 per annum to be used for travel, publications and other project related expenses within the scope of the terms and conditions.

Questions about the American Lung Association Awards and Grants Program? Email