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2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grants

Applicants are strongly advised to read completely through the instructions and eligibility criteria before starting an application.
Letters of Intent (LOI) are available on the Foundant Technologies Website.
Invitations to submit a full application will be sent in August 2019. You must be invited to submit a full application.

Anticipated Timeline

April 22, 2019 Letter of Intent Period Opens
June 18, 2019 Deadline for Letter of Intent due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time
August 2019 Invitation from scientific Advisory Committee for Full Applications
September 23, 2019 Full Application Deadline due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time
November 2019 Grantee Notification
December 2019 Grant Start Date

Current Unrestricted Grant Opportunities

17 grants available
$40,000 for 1 year
Target audience:
Investigators interested in basic science, translational, or clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine

The focus of these research grants is to support junior investigators interested in research that advances the knowledge and understanding of the three pillars of the ATS: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. A primary goal of the ATS Foundation Research Program is to enable junior investigators the chance to make the transition to careers as established investigators.

The Research Program encourages international and domestic applications in basic, patient-oriented, and public health topics. In the area of public health, the ATS Foundation is particularly interested in funding projects that will inform health policy decisions. These include projects that explore the quality and safety of a specific treatment and compare the effectiveness of different therapies. 

The ATS Foundation will award up to fifteen unrestricted research grants for $40,000 for one year for salaries, supplies, or a combination of these two. Indirect costs will not be paid to the sponsoring institution. The ATS Foundation research program will award two grants to the top scores in each of the three society pillars: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep.* The remaining nine grants will be awarded to the top scores regardless of the category of submission. 
Award-specific eligibility:
• Junior investigators (as defined here)
• Must meet eligibility requirements for all grants found here

*While it is intended that there be two awards in each pillar (pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine), the ATS Scientific Advisory Committee reserves the right to alter this distribution dependent upon the significant scientific merit of applications.


Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by Research Program staff. 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) will review the applications in November 2018. 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 the degree of overlap. In the 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.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, contact the ATS Foundation Research Program at

Last Reviewed: April 2019