Lung Research

Lung research

The Challenges

THE WIND IS BEING KNOCKED OUT OF US.  One in five Canadians has lung disease. Lung Cancer claims more lives than breast, ovarian and prostate combined. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is the number one reason for hospitalization in Canada. And at least 13% of our children live with asthma. Those figures are disturbing enough, never mind the terrible toll chronic lung disease also imposes on families, businesses, and the economy (about $12 billion at last count). Something needs to change. We urgently need to better understand these devastating diseases, improve detection, discover new treatments, encourage protection and, most importantly, save lives. 

Support for Research

BRINGING DISEASE TO ITS KNEES.  Are there “good bacteria” in mother’s breast milk that could prevent asthma? Why is a certain ethnic group susceptible to a certain disease? Could a molecule be the missing link? Inside hospitals and in university labs, some of the country’s most inquiring minds are pursuing the answers that will unlock the secrets of better breathing. The Lung Association is proud to back this critical world-class research. Through grants, fellowships and studentships, we provide essential funding for everything from basic lab research to clinical trials to studies in lung disease prevention. And thanks to our close relationships with leading health-care companies and organizations as well as provincial Lung associations, we are able to make an even greater impact. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the applications are lucky enough to receive funding each year. Grant applications are put under the microscope and subject to a strict national review process designed to ensure that only the most promising and relevant research receives support. With your donation, we could explore hundreds of other possibilities and speed up the pace of discovery.

Breathing as One

36,000,000 PEOPLE. 1 BREATHTAKING VISION. Just as our lungs work in unison, Canadians are rallying together to raise our voices and take on the challenges to our collective breathing. Breathing as One is an ambitious national fundraising campaign that will support The Lung Association’s innovative research effort – the National Respiratory Research Strategy. By opening up the channels of communication and connection as never before, we will reduce risk, prevent disease and come up with elusive cures. Breathing as One, we will make our homes, automobiles, urban centers, malls, parks, schools, office buildings and factories healthier. Breathing as One, we will ignite exciting new possibilities in the lab, light a fire under policy makers and trigger a shift in our behaviours and priorities. We all share the same air. United under the banner of Breathing as One: The Campaign for Lung Research, we will share our resources and resolve to make lung health and breathing our number One priority. 

The Researchers

MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND THE LUNGS. Exchanging, collaborating and conferring as never before, researchers across the country are breaking down barriers and pushing the limits of what is possible. In 2014-2015, the Lung Association funded more than $1.5 million in high-impact research focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures. As the largest national charitable funder of lung health research in Canada, we stood behind 29 projects that will fundamentally change lives.

Get to know the remarkable researchers who are digging deeper and dreaming bigger. 

Apply for Funding

Research funding

The Canadian Lung Association funds research and research training at the national level. We offer several competitions for research funding.

Competition

Deadlines

Breathing as One - Boehringer Ingelheim Canada COPD Catalyst Grant

Closed

Provincial Lung Association Grant Awards Program
National Grant Review (NGR)

Closed

Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Grants

Registration:
May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application:
May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Fellowships

Registration:
May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application:
May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Breathing as One: Research Fellowships and Studentships

Registration:
May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application:
May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Breathing as One - CRRN: Fellowships and Studentships

Registration:
May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application:
May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST


Indirect Costs Policy

The Lung Association supports only the direct costs of research. No funding is to be used for indirect costs of research. The definition of indirect costs of research for the purposes of this policy is, costs which cannot be directly associated with a particular research program or operating grant including costs associated with the general operation and  maintenance of facilities (from laboratories to libraries); the management of the research process (from grant management to commercialization); and regulation and safety compliance (including human ethics, animal care and environmental assessment).


Canadian Lung Association Research Competitions

Breathing as One - Boehringer Ingelheim Canada COPD Catalyst Grant

Competition Status: Closed

Application deadline: November 1, 2018 by 4:30pm EST

The Breathing as One - Boehringer Ingelheim Canada COPD Catalyst Grant competition promotes innovative research related to the treatment/quality of life, mechanism of disease, and health care services for COPD. Catalyst grants are scalable research studies that can be pilot studies, feasibility studies, translational studies, and novel and innovative approaches.

Applicants should be creative and think broadly. To this end, submissions to this grant competition should only be made for new project ideas and not the continuation of an existing project.

Even though your long-term goals for the project may extend beyond the means and time-line of this grant, within one-year, the results of the catalyst projects should enable the development of funding proposals that are eligible for submission to national or international peer-reviewed competitions.

Funding Available
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $60,000, enough for two awards. The maximum amount per grant is $30,000 for one year and the funding is non-renewable.

Funding for this competition has been provided by a donation from Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada to The Lung Association's Breathing as One campaign for lung research. The donor will not be involved with adjudication or the funding decisions for this competition.

Deadlines
Submitting Applications:

  1. All applicants are required to upload one complete application (format: PDF) with all the supporting documentation https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-copd-catalyst-grant-2018 by Thursday, November 1, 2018 by 4:30 pm Eastern Time.

To apply, please see the following documents:


Provincial Lung Association Grant Awards Program - National Grant Review (NGR)

Competition Status: Closed

The following provinces participate in the National Grant Review Program. Please click on the Lung Association of the province in which you are applying to for additional information on their priorities and criteria for funding:

Timelines

  • Registration: November 16, 2018 by 4:30pm Pacific time
  • Application: December 7, 2018 by 4:30pm Pacific time

How to apply

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

1. Register: Please register at: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/grant-registration-2018

  • You are required to provide the names of the PI and co-applicants, institution, identify the type of research (clinical or basic science), the project title, keywords, and a maximum 1 page abstract of your research project.

2. Submit Application:

To apply, please see the following documents:


The Lung Association, Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Grants

Competition Status: Open

Registration deadline: May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application deadline: May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Description

The Canadian Lung Association (CLA) is pleased to launch the request for applications for 2019 for the Lung Association Breathing as One Allied Health Research Grant.

These awards were formerly known as Canadian Lung Association (CLA) - Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP) Grants. The awards have been renamed to reflect the funding organization. The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) and its CRHP Clinical Assembly remain partners in providing oversight and expertise in the peer review process.

Eligibility requirements for applicants have been broadened and awards are now open to members and non-members of CTS and CRHP who are conducting lung research that aligns with the Lung Association mandate and a respiratory health professional from a recognized clinically based discipline (e.g., registered nurse, nurse practitioner; physiotherapist; respiratory therapist; pharmacist; cardio-pulmonary technologist; polysomnographic technologist; kinesiologist; dietician; occupational therapist; social worker; or psychologist) (MDs are not eligible for Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Grant support as a Principal Investigator). Information and policies are provided in the submission guidelines.

The research awards program of the Lung Association was established in 1959. It is financed through donations to the provincial lung associations across Canada. Where possible, the Lung Association partners with outside organizations to match and/or leverage available funding. Based on the success of this approach and to significantly increase the number of outstanding applicants who will receive funding, we are excited to announce that beginning in 2019, CLA research awards are awarded contingent upon the awardee securing matching funds. The formula for matching is award-dependent, as described in the funding sections of the submission guidelines. There are a number of options for applicants to pursue matching funds as these may be contributed by a number of sources, including the trainee supervisor, host institution, Provincial Lung Association, and/or a research partner. Applicants are required to identify matching funds sources and are encouraged to reach out to their host institution, as well as other funding organizations, including provincial lung associations to determine whether they will participate in matching funds using their provincial Breathing as One funds or other available resources.

The objective of the Breathing as One: Allied Health Grant is to promote research in areas that contribute to the field of respiratory health in Canada. Studies should include research related to an applied or clinical question using quantitative or qualitative methodologies. The study may include a basic science component but the primary research questions must be applied or clinically focused.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Grant the applicant must be:

a) A Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident or landed immigrant. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions.

b) A respiratory health professional from a recognized clinically based discipline (e.g., registered nurse, nurse practitioner; physiotherapist; respiratory therapist; pharmacist; cardio-pulmonary technologist; polysomnographic technologist; kinesiologist; dietician; occupational therapist; social worker; or psychologist) (MDs are not eligible for Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Grant support as a Principal Investigator).

c) Affiliated with a health care organization, an educational institution or any other Canadian institution that can manage funds in the approved way.

d) Pursuing a research study with respiratory health as the major focus.

e) Individuals who currently hold and/or are being supervised by individuals holding funding from tobacco and/or cannabis industry are not eligible.

f) Able to secure matching funds for the one (1) year duration of the award (see section funding section in the guidelines for formula). The applicant must include within their application a signed letter guaranteeing the matching funds for the duration of the award.

Apply for Funding

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

  1. Register:

    Applicants must register at: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-allied-health-grant-competition-2019-registration by May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST. Applicants are required to provide the names of the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, co-investigator(s), supervisor(s), three (3) suggested reviewers, the project title, keywords, and a maximum (one) 1 page abstract of your research project.

  2. Submit Application:

    Upload one (1) electronic copy of the application to: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-allied-health-grant-competition-2019-application by May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST. The electronic copy must include a completed copy of the application form with signatures and all the relevant documents.

    To apply, please see the following documents:


Personnel Awards

The Lung Association, Breathing as One: Allied Health Research Fellowships

Competition Status: Open

Registration deadline: May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application deadline: May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Description

The Canadian Lung Association (CLA) is pleased to launch the request for applications for 2019 for the Lung Association Breathing as One Allied Health Fellowship award.

These awards were formerly known as Canadian Lung Association (CLA) - Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP) Fellowships. The awards have been renamed to reflect the funding organization. The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) and its CRHP Clinical Assembly remain partners in providing oversight and expertise in the peer review process.

Eligibility requirements for applicants have been broadened and awards are now open to members and non-members of CTS and CRHP who are conducting lung research that aligns with the Lung Association mandate and a respiratory health professional from a recognized clinically based discipline (e.g., registered nurse, nurse practitioner; physiotherapist; respiratory therapist; pharmacist; cardio- pulmonary technologist; polysomnographic technologist; kinesiologist; dietician; occupational therapist; social worker; or psychologist) for graduate study at the masters or doctoral level (MDs are not eligible for Breathing as One Allied Health Fellowship support). Information and policies are provided in the submission guidelines.

The research awards program of the Lung Association was established in 1959. It is financed through donations to the provincial lung associations across Canada. Where possible, the Lung Association partners with outside organizations to match and/or leverage available funding. Based on the success of this approach and to significantly increase the number of outstanding applicants who will receive funding, we are excited to announce that beginning in 2019, CLA research awards are awarded contingent upon the awardee securing matching funds. The formula for matching is award-dependent, as described in the funding sections in the submission guidelines. There are a number of options for applicants to pursue matching funds as these may be contributed by a number of sources, including the trainee supervisor, host institution, Provincial Lung Association, and/or a research partner. Applicants are required to identify matching funds sources and are encouraged to reach out to their host institution, as well as other funding organizations, including provincial lung associations, to determine whether they will participate in matching funds using their provincial Breathing as One funds or other available resources.

The objective of the Breathing as One: Allied Health Fellowship award is to promote thesis-based graduate study in any area of lung health that contributes to the field of respiratory health in Canada. Fellowship studies should include research related to an applied or clinical question using quantitative or qualitative methodologies. The study may include a basic science component but the primary research questions must be applied or clinically focused.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Breathing as One: Allied Health Fellowship Award the applicant must be:

a) A Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident or landed immigrant. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions.

b) A respiratory health professional from a recognized clinically based discipline (e.g., registered nurse, nurse practitioner; physiotherapist; respiratory therapist; pharmacist; cardio-pulmonary technologist; polysomnographic technologist; kinesiologist; dietician; occupational therapist; social worker; or psychologist) (MDs are not eligible for Breathing as One allied health fellowship support).

c) Enrolled in a graduate (thesis-based) program at the Masters or Doctoral level during the funding period (September 2019-August 2020). Individuals who have applied to a graduate program but have not received acceptance may apply for a Fellowship. The award, however, will be conditional on acceptance into the program.

d) Pursuing a research study with respiratory health as the major focus.

e) Individuals who currently hold and/or are being supervised by individuals holding funding from tobacco and/or cannabis industry are not eligible.

f) Able to secure matching funds for the one (1) year duration of the Fellowship award (see funding section in the guidelines in for formula). The applicant must include within their application a letter signed by the supervisor guaranteeing the matching funds for the duration of the award.

Apply for Funding

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

  1. Register:

    Applicants must register at: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-allied-health-fellowship-competition-2019-registration by May 1, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. Applicants are required to provide their name, the names of their supervisor(s) and referees, institution, the project title, keywords, and a maximum (one) 1 page abstract of your research project.

  2. Submit Application:

    Upload one (1) electronic copy of the application to: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-allied-health-fellowship-competition-2019-application by May 17, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. The electronic copy must include a completed copy of the application form with signatures and all the relevant documents (excluding Referee Forms, which will be sent in separately by the referee).

    To apply, please see the following documents:


The Lung Association, Breathing as One: Research Fellowships and Studentships

Competition Status: Open

Registration deadline: May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application deadline: May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Description

The Canadian Lung Association (CLA) is pleased to launch the request for applications for 2019 for the Lung Association Breathing as One Fellowship and Studentship awards.

These awards were formerly known as Canadian Lung Association (CLA) - Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) Fellowships and Studentships. The awards have been renamed to reflect the funding organization. The Canadian Thoracic Society and its Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CHRP) Clinical Assembly remain partners in providing oversight and expertise in the peer review process.

Eligibility requirements for applicants have been broadened and awards are now open to members and non-members of CTS and CRHP who are conducting lung research that aligns with the Lung Association mandate and a respiratory health professional from a recognized clinically based discipline (e.g., registered nurse, nurse practitioner; physiotherapist; respiratory therapist; pharmacist; cardio- pulmonary technologist; polysomnographic technologist; kinesiologist; dietician; occupational therapist; social worker; or psychologist).

This competition is open to Doctoral students and PhD or MD researchers who are conducting respiratory research that aligns with the Lung Association mandate and the objectives identified for this competition. Information and policies are provided in the submission guidelines.

The research awards program of the Lung Association was established in 1959. It is financed through donations to the provincial lung associations across Canada. Where possible, the Lung Association partners with outside organizations to match and/or leverage available funding. Based on the success of this approach and to significantly increase the number of outstanding applicants who will receive funding, we are excited to announce that beginning in 2019, CLA research awards are awarded contingent upon the awardee securing matching funds. The formula for matching is award-dependent, as described in the funding sections in the submission guidelines. There are a number of options for applicants to pursue matching funds as these may be contributed by a number of sources, including the trainee supervisor, host institution, Provincial Lung Association, and/or a research partner. Applicants are required to identify matching funds sources and are encouraged to reach out to their host institution, as well as other funding organizations, including provincial lung associations to determine whether they will participate in matching funds using their provincial Breathing as One funds or other available resources.

The objective of the Breathing as One Fellowship and Studentship awards is to build Canadian research capacity that contributes to the field of respiratory health in Canada. Funding may support individuals completing research related to basic, applied or clinical study using quantitative or qualitative methodologies.

Eligibility

Priority will be given to a Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident or landed immigrant. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions.

To be eligible for a Breathing as One Fellowship or Studentship Award the applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) Pursuing a research study with respiratory health as the major focus.

b) Studentship applicants - should be enrolled or accepted in a graduate (thesis based) program at the Doctoral level at a Canadian academic institution. Individuals who have applied to a graduate program but have not received acceptance may apply for a Studentship award. The award, however, will be conditional on acceptance into the program. Candidates are only eligible to apply for the Studentship award in the first three (3) years of doctoral their studies.

c) Fellowship applicants - should be working under supervision of a faculty member at an accredited Canadian academic institution. Under special circumstances, an applicant may pursue a fellowship in another country; however, the applicant must justify why he/she could not find the same kind of training in Canada and he/she must have plans to pursue a career in research in Canada.

d) A Fellowship or Studentship awardee may not be in receipt of another major award at the same time as holding a Fellowship or Studentship Award from the Lung Association - National Office.

e) Individuals who currently hold and/or are being supervised by individuals holding funding from tobacco and/or cannabis industry are not eligible.

f) Applicants must be able to secure matching funds for the two (2) year duration of the Fellowship or Studentship award (see funding section in guidelines for formulas). The applicant must include within their application a letter signed by the supervisor guaranteeing the matching funds for the duration of the award.

Apply for Funding

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

  1. Register:

    Applicants must register at: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-trainee-competition-2019-registration by May 1, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. Applicants are required to provide their name, the names of their supervisor(s) and referees, institution, the project title, keywords, and a maximum (one) 1 page abstract of your research project.

  2. Submit Application:

    Upload one (1) electronic copy of the application to: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-trainee-competition-2019-application by May 17, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. The electronic copy must include a completed copy of the application form with signatures and all the relevant documents (excluding Referee Forms, which will be sent in separately by the referee).

    To apply, please see the following documents:


Breathing as One - CRRN: Fellowship and Studentship Awards

Competition Status: Open

Registration deadline: May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Application deadline: May 17, 2019 by 3:30pm EST

Description

The Canadian Lung Association (CLA) and the Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN) are pleased to partner on the launch of jointly funded trainee awards: Breathing as One – CRRN: Fellowship and Studentship Awards. The CLA and the CRRN are offering two types of research trainee awards to the medical and scientific community: post-doctoral fellowships and PhD graduate studentships.  The Lung Association – National Office will provide the administrative support for this application and review process. Information and policies are provided in the submission guidelines.

CRRN, in close partnership with the Canadian Lung Association, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and other partners, will improve patient care and outcomes for patients with chronic respiratory disease.  We will do this through creation of an enduring national network of investigators and research platforms to enable innovative, collaborative, respiratory health research that influences decision making and ensures high quality training and career development of a new generation of investigators.

The research awards program of the Lung Association was established in 1959.  It is financed through donations to the provincial lung associations across Canada.  Where possible, the Lung Association partners with outside organizations to match and/or leverage available funding. Based on the success of this approach and to significantly increase the number of outstanding applicants who will receive funding, we are excited to announce that beginning in 2019, CLA research awards are awarded contingent upon the awardee securing matching funds. The formula for matching is award-dependent, as described in the funding sections of the submission guidelines. There are a number of options for applicants to pursue matching funds as these may be contributed by a number of sources, including the trainee supervisor, host institution, Provincial Lung Association, and/or a research partner. Applicants are required to identify matching funds sources and are encouraged to reach out to their host institution, as well as other funding organizations, including provincial lung associations to determine whether they will participate in matching funds using their provincial Breathing as One funds or other available resources.

The objective of the Breathing as One - CRRN Fellowship and Studentship awards is to build Canadian research capacity that contributes to the field of respiratory health with a specific focus on improving the understanding of the origins and progression of chronic airway diseases in Canada. Funding may support individuals completing research related to the 4 CIHR Themes/Pillars

Eligibility

Priority will be given to a Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident or landed immigrant.  These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions.

To be eligible for a Breathing as One - CRRN Fellowship or Studentship Award the applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) Applicant’s research project must align with CRRN’s mission – i.e. the focus of the research should be in airways disease in the context of asthma and/or COPD. 

b) Studentship applicants - should be enrolled or accepted in a graduate (thesis-based) program at the Doctoral level at a Canadian academic institution. Individuals who have applied to a graduate program but have not received acceptance may apply for a Studentship award.  The award, however, will be conditional on acceptance into the program. Candidates are only eligible to apply for the Studentship Award in the first three (3) years of doctoral studies.

c) Fellowship applicants - should be working under supervision of a faculty member at an accredited Canadian academic institution.

d) A Fellowship or Studentship awardee may not be in receipt of another major award at the same time as holding a Fellowship or Studentship Award from the Lung Association - National Office and the CRRN.

e) Individuals who currently hold and/or are being supervised by individuals holding funding from tobacco and/or cannabis industry are not eligible.

f) Applicants must be able to secure matching funds for the two (2) year duration of the Fellowship or Studentship award (see funding section in the guidelines for formulas). The applicant must include within their application a letter signed by the supervisor guaranteeing the matching funds for the duration of the award.

Apply for Funding

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

  1. Register:

    Applicants must register at: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-trainee-competition-2019-registration by May 1, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. Applicants are required to provide their name, the names of their supervisor(s) and referees, institution, the project title, keywords, and a maximum (one) 1 page abstract of your research project.

  2. Submit Application:

    Upload one (1) electronic copy of the application to: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/bao-trainee-competition-2019-application by May 17, 2019 at 3:30pm EST. The electronic copy must include a completed copy of the application form with signatures and all the relevant documents (excluding Referee Forms, which will be sent in separately by the referee).

    To apply, please see the following documents:


For more information on all research funding opportunities, contact:
Fatima Kazoun
Manager, National Research Programs
The Lung Association - National Office
885 Meadowlands Dr., Suite 502
Ottawa, ON K2C 3N2
Tel: (613) 569-6411 x 262
Fax: (613) 569-8860
research@lung.ca

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