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Eligibility and Guidelines

Please read the eligibility information below before you start your application.

Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found in our FAQ.

While eligibility varies by award type, the following requirements apply to all grants (except MECOR Awards and Grants for Hire):

  • Applicants must be junior investigators (unless otherwise stated). Junior investigator is defined as:
    • within 12 years of last terminal degree (e.g. MD, PhD, DVM)
    • sub-specialty training (e.g. fellowships) do not count as terminal degrees
    • exceptions may be considered if there were extenuating circumstances (e.g. absence from field for parental leave)
    • if you believe you have extenuating circumstances not related to sub-specialty training, submit a letter of intent and provide the explanation when prompted under "Special Circumstances"
  • Applicants must not have received any nonmentored awards/grants greater than or equal to $100,000 per year for at least 2 years
  • Applicants must have completed their primary research training (PhD or sub-specialty fellowship) by July 1, 2018
  • Applicants must have a firm commitment from their home institution for a faculty position
  • At least one of the key personnel must be an ATS member at the time of application
  • Applicants (principal investigators) must be a full ATS member at the time the grant is awarded
  • Applicants who are not US citizens but are currently based in the US must hold a Visa that spans the project period of the grant
  • Applicants must not be a current ATS Foundation Research Program Awardee
  • Applicants must not have received 2 ATS Foundation grants
  • Applicants may submit multiple letter of intent (LOI) applications but will not be invited to submit more than one full application
  • Applicants who hold active career development grants (such as a K award from the NIH) are eligible to receive ATS Foundation funding, but the project should differ scientifically from the already funded award.


Simultaneous submission of grants with scientific overlap is allowed, but if multiple applications are funded, then the applicant must notify the Research Program within one month of formal notification of award. A subcommittee of SAC will assess degree of overlap. In case of significant scientific overlap the applicant will have to choose between the ATS Foundation research grant and the other grant. Budgetary overlap is not allowed.

Last Reviewed: April 2018