American Lung Association Innovation Award


August 6, 2022 Applications accepted through proposalCENTRAL 

December 15, 2022 Deadline to submit an application: Thursday, December 15, 2022 (11:59 PM, ET)


The Innovation Award is for $75,000 per year, for up to two years. 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. 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.


Important Notes

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


Eligibility Requirements


At the time of application, candidates must be United States 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) or 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.


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 or other not-for[1]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 years prior to the application.

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.

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.