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2017-2018 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awards

Anticipated Timeline

The letter of intent deadline has been extended one week to Tuesday, June 13 at 11:59pm ET.

April 2017 Letter of Intent Period Opens
June 13, 2017 Deadline for Letters of Intent to be submitted
August 2017 Invitation from scientific Advisory Committee for Full Applications
September 19, 2017 Full Application Deadline
November 2017 Grantee Notification
December 2017 Grant Start Date

Current ATS Foundation MECOR Award Opportunities

4 grants available
$5,000 for 1 year
Target audience:
MECOR graduates interested in basic science, translational, or clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine
The focus of these research grants is to support MECOR graduates with meritorious proposals that advances the knowledge and understanding of the American Thoracic Society's three pillers: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. A primary goal of the ATS Foundation Research Program is to enable these graudates to transition from trainees to investigators. Preference will be given to proposals that measure the burden of disease.

MECOR Award Eligibililty:
• Must be graduates of the ATS MECOR Program (India, Latin America, PATS, Turkey, and Vietnam)
• Must have accomplished at least level II with preference give to level III and above
• Must not be recipient of previous MECOR research award
• Must be employed at a research/academic/governmental institution/agency in applicant's country, or be able to demonstrate that the applicant will be employed at such an institution at the time the award is granted


Letter of intent applications forms are available on the Foundant Technologies Website.

he letter of intent application requires the following:
• Educational background: information about your educational background for up to four institutions
     - Name of the institution
     - Dates that you studied or trained there
     - Degree awarded
     - Major field of study at that institution
• Positions and Honors: list current and previous positions and any honors received
• Peer-Reviewed Publications: list publications from most recent to least recent
• Research Support: list ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years
• Personal Statement: briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for your role as principal investigator in the submitted project
Project Overview
• Scientific question: What is the question your research project will attempt to answer
• Hypothesis
• Approach: brief description of how you will try to answer the scientific question

We encourage applicants to work closely with mentors and MECOR Faculty.


Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by Research Program staff and MECOR staff/faculty. If there are any problems or if these guidelines have not been followed, your proposal will be un-submitted. Please makes sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.

The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and MECOR staff/faculty will review the applications. The membership of the SAC is listed on the ATS Website and additional ad hoc reviewers will be invited to participate as needed. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit, novelty, and responsiveness to the purpose of the specific grant program.


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 the 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.

More information on the MECOR program can be found here. Please address all questions about the MECOR Research Awards to Fran du Melle, Senior Director, International Programs and Activities, at or the ATS Foundation Research Program at 

Last Reviewed: April 2017