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For over 115 years the American Lung Association has focused on driving excellence and innovation through research. Today, we continue to support trailblazing research, novel ideas and innovative approaches with the hope of eliminating lung disease and improving life for those living with lung disease. Together, we are investing in brilliant scientific minds of the future and supporting projects with the potential to improve prevention, detection and treatment options.

Through the lens of scientific innovation, pioneering new ideas, the American Lung Association is championing the next generation of brilliant scientists to independence and beyond.

Current Funding Opportunities- Updates will post Summer 2020

  • 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.

Award Terms and Conditions

Learn more about the Terms and Conditions governing our Awards and Grants Program.

To Apply

It is strongly recommended that applicants thoroughly read the Program Descriptions and Terms and Conditions to determine eligibility and to ensure accurate preparation of an application.
Application materials are available through proposal CENTRAL.

Anticipated Research Timeline

  • July 1: New Research Term Begins 
  • August TBD, 2020: The new award cycle is announced, applications are available at proposalCENTRAL
  • October 1, 2020: Lung Cancer Discovery Award Letters of Intent Due
  • November/December TBD, 2020: Lung Cancer Discovery Award LOI outcome notifications sent
  • December/January TBD, 2020/21: Applications due for the Catalyst Award; Dalsemer Award; Respiratory Diseases Award; Public Policy Award; and Innovation Award. Lung Cancer Discovery Award proposals due (invitation only)
  • Feb-April: Administrative review and Scientific-Peer Review
  • June: Outcome notifications are emailed to all applicants
  • June 30:  Research Term Ends


While eligibility varies by award type, the following requirements apply to all awards:

  • 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)
  • Candidates must be employed by a U.S. not-for-profit institution.
  • Candidates are only allowed to submit 1 application per review cycle. Applicants who apply for more than one grant or award will forfeit any chance of funding.

Applicants deemed ineligible for a particular award, or who do not follow the instructions provided, may be disqualified.


Answers to frequently asked questions about our Awards & Grants.

Technical questions: contact proposal CENTRAL at or 1-800-875-2562.

Questions on the Awards and Grants program: email

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    Page Last Updated: January 30, 2020

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