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Research at the Lung Health Foundation

Following a strategic pause to re-envision our research program, we are excited to share that this upcoming fall, we will once again be launching new funding opportunities for researchers, starting with our Emerging Scholar Research Award.  This initiative is rooted in our strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of scholars, marking a significant investment in shaping the future of lung health research in Canada.

Current funding opportunities

Research on First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Lung Health

Through a partnership with the Canadians Institutes for Health Research, Canada’s federal funding agency for health research, the Lung Health Foundation is proud to announce $100,000 in funding for one impactful research project exploring one of the following:  

  • Prevalence and determinants of lung disease in Indigenous communities  
  • Environmental, social, and cultural factors influencing lung health disparities  
  • Culturally adapted interventions for prevention, management, and education  
  • Respiratory health promotion through Indigenous knowledge systems  
  • Examining structural barriers impacting Indigenous access to respiratory care  

For full funding opportunity details, including eligibility and application procedures, please view this Fall 2024 Priority Announcement’s entry on ResearchNet

Important Dates 

  • Funding Opportunity Launch — July 4, 2024  
  • Registration Deadline — August 14, 2024  
  • Full Application Deadline — September 11, 2024  
  • Notification of Decision — January 29, 2025  
  • Funding Start Date — April 2025 

Hope Innovation Research Grants – Calls Open!

  • In honour of the generosity of Llyod Alexander Hope, the Lung Health Foundation (LHF) Hope Innovation Research Grant has been established to support innovative, transformative, ground-breaking research, and creative problem solving in lung health research.
  • The goal of the Hope Innovation Research Grant is to support novel, high-risk/high-reward, unconventional approaches or methodologies to address lung health issues related to LHF’s current topical areas of focus (Asthma, COPD, Lung Cancer, Infectious Respiratory Disease/Immunization, Youth Smoking/Vaping prevention and cessation).
  • Up to $100,000/project
  • 5 grants available
  • View the grant guidelines to see detailed eligibility criteria

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Important Dates

  • Wednesday June 19, 2024 — Funding Opportunity Launch
  • Sunday July 28, 2024 — Intent to Apply deadline
  • Tuesday October 1, 2024 — Full Application deadline
  • Spring 2025 — Notification of decision

Past funding opportunities

Improving the care and outcomes of residents of Canada living with metastatic NSCLC – Call closed

  • The Lung Health Foundation, Pfizer, Lung Cancer Canada, and the Quebec Lung Association are collaborating to provide funding to support projects focused on improving the care of outcomes of residents of Canada living with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a special focus on addressing health inequities.  
  • Up to $100,000/project 
  • The estimated total available budget related to this grant opportunity is $200,000 
  • View the Request for Proposals (RFP) 

Important Dates

  • Feb 27, 2024 – RFP Release Date 
  • April 30, 2024 – Proposal Deadline 
  • Aug 1, 2024 – Anticipated award notification

Career Establishment Research Award – Call closed

  • Objective: To assist mid-career investigators with the operating support needed to carry out independent research of relevance to lung health.
  • Up to $75,000/project
  • 3 grants available

Important Dates

  • Jan 19, 2024 – Call for applications goes out
  • Fall 2024 –  Funding Starts

Better Breathing Student Travel Awards – Call closed

  • Objective: To promote research capacity among graduate students conducting lung health research. This award challenges student researchers to communicate a compelling story about the impact of their research to an interdisciplinary audience without using jargon in three (3) minutes. Award recipients will be funded to attend the Lung Health Foundation’s Better Breathing Week 2024 and participate in a thesis competition
  • Up to $1,300/project
  • 18 awards available

Important Dates

  • Nov 1, 2023 – Call for applications goes out
  • Dec 15, 2023 – Finalists notified
  • Jan 19, 2024 – Finalists’ presentations

Emerging Scholar Research Award – Call closed 

  • Objective: To support promising investigators, early in their careers, with the operating support needed to carry out independent research of relevance to lung health.  
  • Up to $50,000/project
  • 4 grants available

Important Dates

  • Oct 12, 2023 – Call for applications goes out
  • Nov 1, 2023 – Letter of Intent Deadline
  • Dec 15, 2023 – Full Application Deadline
  • Spring 2024 –  Funding Starts

Research at the Lung Health Foundation 

The Lung Health Foundation is currently redeveloping its research program to ensure alignment with a national focus and a new strategic plan.  

We feel it is important to take the time needed to engage with research stakeholders, healthcare professionals, people with lived experience and decision makers to fully:  


•Understand gaps in lung health research 

Expand the scope of the research program 

Develop sound program processes 

Develop a sustainable funding model, and 

•Ensure alignment with a national lung health agenda 


Over 2023, we will roll out funding opportunities to support our priority research areas in the respiratory field. They will be listed below as they become available.  


If you would like to receive immediate notice of new grants and training bursaries as they become available, we encourage you to join our Lung Health Foundation Collaborative.   


If you are interested in getting involved with our participatory approach with the respiratory research community, please contact our Research and Impact Team at


Current Opportunities 


We have no current funding opportunities at this time. Please check back periodically, or join the Research Hub of our Lung Health Foundation Collaborative to receive updates directly in your inbox.