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Grants to USA Early-Career Researchers for Studies Related to Respiratory Disease

Catalyst Grant

GrantWatch ID# 192056
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Lung Association
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/22 11:59 PM Eastern Save

Grant Description
Grants of $50,000 per year to USA early-career scholars affiliated with a nonprofit institution for research studies related to respiratory diseases. Funding is intended for innovative projects that help detect, prevent, and treat lung disease. The goal of the grant program is to encourage the next generation of scientists who are on their way to independence by supporting mentored investigators who are conducting basic science, behavioral, clinical, or translational research into lung health.

The Catalyst is a mentored award meant to support outstanding investigators on the path to independence for research into mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. Preference is given to projects that are novel; innovative in design and 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. 


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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 and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution.

Citizenship: 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 (O1).

Education and Experience: 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) in a recognized academic or other not-for-profit institution. This award is intended to support investigators prior to receipt of career-development awards, like K08, K23, K99, or similar career development awards. Fellows and PhD post-docs are eligible to apply only if their Department Chair can assure a promotion to faculty status by the start of the award.

The Department Head Statement must be explicit as to whether or not the applicant currently holds a faculty appointment, and/or if the applicant will be promoted to faculty between the time of application and award commencement. Without the confirmation of faculty status, the applicant will be disqualified.

MD applicants must have completed two years of post-doctoral research training by the start of the award.

Medical residents, those presently enrolled in a degree program (e.g., graduate students), and established investigators are not eligible to apply. 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 investigatorship (e.g., NIH-R01 Awards, Veterans Administration Merit Review Awards), an extensive bibliography, or a national reputation as an investigator in their field.

Pre-Application Information
- August 6, 2022: New award cycles announced; applications available through proposalCENTRAL
- December 15, 2022, 11:59 PM ET: All applications are due through proposalCENTRAL
- February-April 2023: Administrative review and scientific peer review
- June 2023: Outcome notifications emailed to all applicants
- July 1, 2023: Research term begins

All applicants must provide 3 letters of recommendation. The recommendation letters should be from individuals not directly involved in the application, but who are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, training, and interests. One of the three letters must be written by the applicant’s Mentor and labeled as such. A Department Head Letter on institutional letterhead is required.

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.


Estimated Size of Grant
$50,000 per year.

Term of Contract
Up to two years. The second year of support is based on demonstrating satisfactory progress.

Contact Information
Apply online (from August 6):

For questions about the electronic application process, email

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American Lung Association

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