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Assembly/Committee Project Application Resource Center

Welcome to the Assembly/Committee Project Application Resource Center. The new Resource Center will assist Project Investigators in navigating the application process. Additionally, for approved projects, the Project Application Resource Center will help project investigators stay on track throughout the life of the project. You will find several valuable resources on this page that will help you submit and complete an Assembly/Committee project application.

Developing an Official ATS Document Video

To access the slides to the above video, please click here.

Sample Project Applications

The following project applications were reviewed and considerd good applications. The authors of these applications have given the ATS permission to share their applications.

Please click on any of these titles to view the applications.

ATS Document Types and Definitions

Statements – There are two types of statements; policy statements and research statements. Policy statements present ATS positions on issues that pertain to bioethics , public health policy, health care financing and delivery, medical education, and governmental policy. Research statements present ATS positions on issues that pertain to governmental funding of research, future research needs and initiatives, and other issues that promote or hinder pulmonary, critical care, and sleep research.

Workshop Reports - Workshop reports are summaries of conferences and workshops that were sponsored by the ATS. While most of the content in the report should derive from the conference or workshop, additional discussions and further development of ideas following the conference or workshop are acceptable.

Clinical Practice Guidelines - Clinical practice guidelines make diagnostic and treatment recommendations that assist physicians, other healthcare practitioners, and patients to make decisions about the appropriate course of action in specific clinical situations. They are developed by a multidisciplinary committee, which must include individuals with prior experience in the development of guidelines, systematic reviews, and/or a GRADE-based project.

Technical Statements - Technical statements describe how to perform a test or procedure. They do not compare tests or procedures, nor do they identify populations to which a test or procedure should be applied. Technical statements should be based upon evidence, but they do not require a full or pragmatic systematic review of the literature.

For a more detailed description of Statements, Guidelines, Technical Standards & Reports please click here.

For a more detailed explanation of document development including policies and procedures, Methodological tools for systematic reviews and guideline development, and more examples of each type of ATS Document, please visit our ATS page on Documents Development by clicking here

Guidelines for Official ATS Documents (GATS)

Please click here to view a comprehensive policy manual for Official ATS Documents.

Assembly Planning Chairs Contact Information

If you have a suggestion for a project application and you need assistance, we encourage you to contact your Assembly Planning Committee Chair:

Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (AII) Gustavo Matute-Bello, MD matuteb@u.washington.edu
Assembly on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research (BSHSR) Erin K. Kross, MD ekross@u.washington.edu
Assembly on Critical Care (CC) Hannah Wunsch, MSc, MD hannah.wunsch@sunnybrook.ca
Assembly on Clinical Problems (CP) Bradley Drummond, MHS, MD brad_drummond@med.unc.edu
Assembly on Environmental, Occupational and Population Health (EOPH) Christopher Carlsten, MD, MPH carlsten@mail.ubc.ca
Assembly on Microbiology, Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Infections (MTPI) Grant W. Waterer, MBBS, MBA, PhD grant.waterer@uwa.edu.au
Assembly on Nursing (NUR) Paula M. Meek, PhD, RN,BC paula.meek@ucdenver.edu
Assembly on Pediatrics (PEDS) Hara Levy, MD hlevy@luriechildrens.org
Assembly on Pulmonary Circulation (PC) Eric P. Schmidt, MD eric.schmidt@ucdenver.edu
Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD mbednarek@chatham.edu
Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB) Oliver Eickelberg, MD oliver.eickelberg@ucdenver.edu
Assembly on Respiratory Structure and Function (RSF) Reinoud Gosens, PhD r.gosens@rug.nl
Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology (SRN) Reena Mehra, MD reena.mehra@case.edu

Assembly on Thoracic Oncology (TO)

Philippe R. Montgrain, MD pmontgrain@ucsd.edu

High Priority Topics for Clinical Practice Guideline Development

The ATS Executive Committee has prioritized the following topics as high priority for clinical practice guideline development, as a means of ensuring that the ATS continues to develop high-impact guidelines that benefit clinicians and patients:

  • Diagnosis and Management of the Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS).
  • Interventions for Smoking Cessation.
  • Initiation of Positive Airway Pressure Therapy for Newly Diagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Interstitial Lung Disease.
  • Management of Patients with COPD and Multiple co-existing conditions.
  • Management of the critically ill obese patient.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Sarcoidosis.
  • Management of Hemoptysis.
  • Lung Cancer
*Please note: Submissions in any of the above high priority topics does not guarantee application approval. 

FY2018 Assembly/Committee Project NEW/RENEWAL Application Timeline

July 1, 2017: FY2018 NEW / RENEWAL/ NEW JOINT ATS/ERS Project Applications & Instructions will be available on the ATS Website

July 31, 2017: Assembly/Committee online project applications are due electronically on the ATS Website http://www.thoracic.org/assemblies/project-application.php Late submissions will not be accepted.

August 1st – August 25th, 2017: Assembly Planning Committees will meet via conference call to review all proposals.  Any proposals that have indicated that a specific ATS committee may want to be involved in the proposal will be forwarded to the specific ATS committee chair and to the appropriate staff member.  Committees are encouraged to work with appropriate ATS staff, review committee proposals and to send the committees recommendations to the applicant and to the PRS.

August 1st – August 25th, 2017: ERS Task Force reviews all joint Applications and provides feedback to Project Chairs

September 18th, 2017: Final revised proposals and all reviews from Assemblies and Committees are due online.  This includes all proposals that have revisions based on reviews by Assembly Planning Committees or an ATS Standing Committees.

September 25th – October 19th, 2017: PRS Review begins

October 20th – October 21st , 2017: Program Review Sub-Committee (PRS) meeting 

October 27th, 2017: ATS Finance Committee meeting.  Recommendations from the PRS will be provided to the Finance Committee.  At the discretion of the Finance Committee, specific projects will be added to the FY2018 budget as new items.

Mid November 2017: Project Chairs Receive Approved in Concept e-mail and Committee COI’s are collected.

December 2017: ATS Board reviews FY2018 Budget 

Late December – Early January Final approval Letter and Budget are sent to project applicants.

Assembly Committee New/Renewal Project Application

The FY2018 Assembly/Committee project application will be accepted online only. You can access the online application at the link and detailed instructions below for each of the FY2018 Assembly/Committee Project NEW / RENEWAL applications. Please read them carefully and have them available as you work on your application.

To get started please use the document titled: Electronic Online Application Instructions to get started. This document will give you step by step instructions on how to access, submit and edit the Assembly/Committee Project applications. You will need your ATS Username and Password to begin an application. The instructions also include information on how to retrieve your user name and password if you have forgotten it.

To begin a NEW/ RENEWAL or Joint ATS/ERS application, please go to:


Applications must be submitted electronically on the ATS website. The deadline for submissions will be determined at a later date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please refer to the files below for further instructions:

Click here to complete New/Renewal/Joint ATS-ERS Project Application


For any questions regarding the following topics:

For any questions on the project budget, please contact Miriam Rodriguez (mrodriguez@thoracic.org) Senior Director, Assembly Programs and Program Review Subcommittee.

For any questions on document types please contact Kevin Wilson, MD (kwilson@thoracic.org) Chief, Documents Development or Judy Corn (jcorn@thoracic.org), Director, Document Development. 

For any technical issues completing a project application, please contact Vladimir Crevecoeur (vcrevecoeur@thoracic.org), Manager, Assembly Programs.

Last Reviewed: June 2017