Research Grants

Research at the Lung Health Foundation

It’s an exciting time at the Lung Health Foundation and for our research portfolio! 

With our Breathing as One research competitions now complete (see below for final status), we have begun working alongside clinician-researchers, key stakeholders and partners to redefine and shape our Research Program going forward. 

While the 2022 year will not be a typical year for our research program, we are aiming to launch a number of awards, bursaries and/or grants to continue supporting priority research areas and the respiratory field. The program will just look a little different and be on a different timeline than previous years. Stay tuned for an announcement in early-2022! 

As we continue our journey, we will be reaching out over the coming months to ensure a participatory approach with the respiratory research community. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Natalie Bennett directly

2021-2022 Research Grants

Thank you for your interest in our research funding opportunities! 

TWO opportunities were launched in June 2021:

  • Second* call for Breathing as One Health Disciplines Training Bursary award
    • This bursary was awarded in July 2021 
  • Breathing Breakthrough Challenge award call
    • The award winner will be announced in January after public voting takes place across our three finalists!


The Lung Health Foundation is extremely pleased to be able to fund the Health Disciplines Training Bursary Award and Breathing Breakthrough Challenge Award this year.

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

The following funding opportunities were available for the 2021-2022 cycle: 

Breathing as One Awards

Health Disciplines Training Bursary Award – Registration Closed

  • Focus of these awards is to support health discipline professionals in presenting research at national and international conferences and/or to participate in training opportunities to build research skills
  • Research must be within an area of Lung Health Foundation’s strategic priorities of asthma, COPD, lung cancer, health promotion and prevention (specifically immunization, smoking/vaping prevention or cessation)
  • Maximum of up to one $2500 award per Ontario-based university/ institution
  • Open only to those in the Health Disciplines
  • Complete Guidelines available here

Breathing Breakthrough Challenge Award – Registration Closed

  • Annual $50,000 award inviting researchers to submit their best ideas in addressing gaps and critical needs in lung health 
  • Applications will be considered for research proposals that are directly relevant to human respiratory medicine in the areas of asthma, COPD or lung cancer. This must be original Implementation Science, tools, apps, processes, surveys, patient resources, clinical practice projects/improvements, et cetera that will make a distinct and positive contribution in the areas of patient education, clinical care support, adherence, quality of life and the overall improvement of outcomes in the field of respiratory disease (specific to asthma, COPD or lung cancer).  
  • Peer review process, followed by a secondary review of shortlisted finalists 
  • Review panel consisting of patients and thought cross-sectoral leaders 
  • Public engagement element featuring online voting 
  • Strong PR and awareness potential 
  • Platform to demonstrate impact and inspire further investments 
  • Complete Guidelines available here 

If you would like to learn more about the research we have funded currently or in the past, please click below.