Research Grants

The Lung Health Foundation is extremely pleased to be able to offer a suite of funding opportunities to our Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) members. To see the research we are funding/have funded in the past click here (this will take you to LungHealth.ca). 

These awards are intended to enable Ontario physicians, basic or clinical scientists and professionals in the health disciplines who are working in the area of respiratory medicine to pursue academic research and study in lung disease. Please contact Natalie Bennett with any questions at nbennett@lunghealth.ca.

The Lung Health Foundation will officially announce some or all of the awards at the Breathe! Bash scheduled for the evening of Wednesday March 25, 2020. Though attendance by successful applicants is not mandatory in most cases*, we would love to see you there.

*Attendance at the Breathe! Bash is mandatory for the finalists in the Lung Health Foundation BaO Breathing Breakthrough Challenge Research Award competition.

The following funding opportunities with be available for the 2020-2021 cycle:

Team Breathe Lung Health Foundation/Pfizer Canada Research Award

Registration is closed

  • One industry-sponsored award up to a maximum of $50,000
  • Grant-in-aid (GIA) funding to Ontario-based researchers focused on infectious diseases relevant to respiratory medicine
  • Open only to Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) members
  •  To apply, please email Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca for the link to the full electronic application and necessary supporting documents.

Breathing as One Awards – New!

Breathing Breakthrough Challenge Award – Registration is closed

  • One industry-sponsored award up to a maximum of $50,000
  • Grant-in-aid (GIA) funding to Ontario-based researchers focused on infectious diseases relevant to respiratory medicine
  • Open only to Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) members
  • To apply, please email Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca for the link to the full electronic application and necessary supporting documents.

Health Disciplines Training Bursary Award – Registration is closed

  • Total of 15 bursary awards available for 2020 with a value of $2,500 each
  • Maximum of one award per Ontario-based university/institution
  • Focus of these awards is to support health discipline professionals in presenting at national and international conferences and/or taking advantage of relevant training opportunities
  • Open only to those in the Health Disciplines
  • To apply, please email Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca  for the link to the full electronic application and necessary supporting documents.

ORCS Research Grant and Fellowship Awards – CLOSED

  • Registration is now closed!  If you registered by the Nov. 15th deadline and you have NOT received the link to the electronic form in your inbox, please contact Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca immediately.
  • Value and number of awards given will be based on available pool of funding and number of applications received
  • One grant funding opportunity is available to researchers investigating any phenomenon pertinent to illness assessment, management, or response of the individual with a respiratory condition with projects in the areas of asthma, air quality or smoke-related lung disease encouraged
  • One grant funding opportunity is available to researchers investigating any phenomenon aimed at health promotion, education and prevention issues with projects in the areas of asthma, air quality or smoke-related lung disease encouraged
  • One fellowship funding opportunity is available to students pursuing graduate studies in the field of respiratory illness, healthcare and education with a plan to foster theory and research in either a clinical or functional area of specialization
  • Open only to Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) members

Kayla Baker LHF Staff & Volunteer Pediatric Research Award – CLOSED

  • Registration is now closed!  If you registered by the Nov. 15th deadline and you have NOT received the link to the electronic form in your inbox, please contact Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca immediately.
  • One research award available for 2020 with a value of $30,000
  • In memory of Kayla Baker, one of the Lung Health Foundation’s most passionate and committed Breathing Ambassadors
  • Research must be in the area of pediatric respiratory disease

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Research Award – CLOSED

  • Registration is now closed!  If you registered by the Nov. 15th deadline and you have NOT received the link to the electronic form in your inbox, please contact Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca immediately.
  • One research award available for 2020 with a value of $40,000
  • Focus of this award is to support research into preventing, treating, and curing non-small cell lung cancer
  • Research must be in the area of non-small cell lung cancer

Young Investigator Research Award – CLOSED

  • Registration is now closed!  If you registered by the Nov. 15th deadline and you have NOT received the link to the electronic form in your inbox, please contact Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca immediately.
  • 10 research awards available for 2020 with a value of $15,000 each (with 1:1 matching by the nominating institution) for 1 year
  • Maximum of one award per Ontario-based university/institution
  • Focus of these awards is to provide investigators, early in their careers, with the support needed to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research of relevance to respiratory health
  • Open only to applicants recommended by their institutions as having accomplished a significant and innovative piece of work since their initial academic appointment

Team Breathe Awards (Grants-in-Aid of Basic Science or Clinical Research) – CLOSED

  • Registration is now closed!  If you registered by the Nov. 15th deadline and you have NOT received the link to the electronic form in your inbox, please contact Natalie Bennett at nbennett@lunghealth.ca immediately.
  • Value and number of awards given will be based on available pool of funding and number of applications received to a maximum of $50,000
  • Grant-in-aid (GIA) funding to Ontario-based researchers in any area relevant to respiratory medicine
  • Open only to Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) members

 General Eligibility Criteria*:

  1. Applications will be considered for research proposals that are directly relevant to human respiratory health problems.
  2. Applications deemed outside the respiratory field will be eliminated from the selection process.
  3. Applicants can only submit one application per award per year.
  4. Applicants can only hold one new award per year.
  5. Individuals who currently hold funding from the tobacco industry are not eligible.
  6. Applicants must agree to acknowledge the Lung Health Foundation (LHF) in dissemination of research supported by these initiatives.
  7. Applicants must agree to allow notification of the award on LHF’s website and in society publications (Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS).
  8. Applicants must agree to be available for fundraising and awareness campaigns (in videos, photos and text articles) related to the benefits of receiving research funding through LHF and that LHF will thereafter reserve the right to use the applicant’s likeness to promote the benefits of receiving research funding through  LHF.

*Applicants will be required to meet additional criteria as they pertain to particular awards which will be specified in the relevant “Guidelines for Application”. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is eligible and complete.