The American Lung Association (ALA) and The CHEST Foundation are partnering to award a 2-year research grant valued at $40,000 annually to further asthma research. The deadline to apply is October 21, 2009, and awards will be announced in April 2010.

“We’re pleased to partner with another organization equally dedicated to improving the care of people living with asthma,” said Charles D. Connor, ALA president and chief executive officer in an announcement of the grant. “Together, through our shared strength, we will seek practice-changing scientific innovations by supporting one of the research community’s best and brightest investigators.”

“Our continuing partnership with the American Lung Association reinforces The CHEST Foundation’s commitment to lung health and patient-focused care,” said John C. Alexander Jr, MD, FCCP, president of The CHEST Foundation. “It is our hope that the Asthma Clinical Care Research Grant will enable physicians to further important research in clinical asthma care and, ultimately, lead to improved patient care for those living with asthma.”

Applicants must have the following to be eligible:
– a doctoral degree;
– an assured faculty appointment with demonstrated institutional commitment, including start up funds and research space by the start of the award; and
– completion of 2 years of post-doctoral research training.

Application materials are available online. The ALA and the CHEST Foundation strongly advise that applicants first read through the program descriptions to determine complete eligibility and to ensure accurate preparation of the application.

All applications will be reviewed for scientific merit, innovation, and feasibility of the research plan in addition to its relevance to the mission of the American Lung Association. Funding is contingent on the quality of applications received.