American Lung Association COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses research award

Deadline to submit LOI is Thursday, September 15, 2022 (11:59 PM, Eastern Time)

October 24, 2022 LOI Notifications

December 15, 2022 By Invitation Only – Deadline to submit an application (11:59 PM, Eastern Time)


There is an urgent need to better understand the pathobiology and both long term and immediate clinical implications of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS[1]CoV-2) viral infection that leads to the morbidity and mortality seen with COVID-19, as well as increase knowledge about the potential emerging threat of other novel respiratory viruses. We are looking for proposals to advance research against emerging respiratory pathogens like

SARS-CoV-2.  The Lung Association is interested in applications that address the following types of clinical, basic, translational, and population health questions:

  • A new understanding of the basic biology of respiratory viruses that could lead to better treatment and prevention
  • Understanding host factors that alter response to these infections
  • Understanding individual, regional, or social factors increasing or decreasing community spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses
  • Case tracking and epidemiological approaches to understanding COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

The American Lung Association COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award is for $100,000 per year for two years. The award is intended to support independent investigators with a stellar track record of accomplishment, who have the potential to advance our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 and other novel respiratory viruses with epidemic potential. Successful applicants will be independent investigators with strong evidence of ongoing excellence and productivity in a related field. Grants are subject to annual review and may be granted for up to two years. The second year of support is contingent on demonstration of satisfactory progress, as well as the availability of funding from the Lung Association. No more than 25% 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

Eligibility Requirements

This funding opportunity does not limit the applicants based on academic rank or discipline. It requires only evidence of employment at a nonprofit academic institution, and independence beyond the fellowship/training stage. The institution must commit that the applicant is eligible to be continuously employed throughout the duration of the grant term and should state so in the Department Chair’s Letter of Support.

Experience and Productivity

At the time of application, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a faculty appointment or equivalent with demonstrated institutional commitment (salary support, research space as evidenced by a Department Chair or equivalent letter) in a recognized academic not-for-profit research institution.

Funding organizations limit the number of applications submitted annually by an institution. Interested applicants will need to submit an abstract to the Research Enhancement Assistance Program ( at least 30 days before the Sponsor’s Due Date.