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Grants available and how to apply

Tyson SharpThe British Lung Foundation funds a broad range of research which aims to tackle lung disease, spending around £1 million on medical research grants each year. To date, the BLF has awarded over £21 million in research grants. Details of research that we have supported previously.

Under the current awards system, announcements regarding the availability of grants are made throughout the year, as and when funding is secured.

Details of grants which are currently available are listed below:

Red Balloon Award
Asbestos-Related Disease Research Funding
Travel Awards
Young Investigator of the Year Awards

Please check this page regularly as availability of further research grants will be announced over the course of the year.


Red Balloon Award

The British Lung Foundation is inviting full applications for grants available to researchers based in the West Midlands to fund research into lung disease. These grants are available either to medically qualified applicants, post-doctoral scientists or allied health professionals for clinical, laboratory and/or epidemiological research into lung disease. Applicants must be based in the West Midlands*.

Applications may be for any sum of money up to a maximum of £75,000 and may include the costs of personnel, equipment and consumables where appropriate. Funding is available to make a maximum of one award.

Grants are for a specified period of up to three years for research carried out in the United Kingdom. *West Midlands defined by the following Local Authority Boundaries: Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Wallsall, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Stoke, Telford and Wrekin – see map for details.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.


Asbestos-Related Disease Research Funding

The British Lung Foundation is offering funding to tackle research into asbestos related disease. Awards will be made over the course of 3 years, with one grant round intended per annum. Grants are available either to medically qualified applicants, post-doctoral scientists or allied health professionals for clinical, laboratory, qualitative, palliative care and/or epidemiological research into asbestos-related disease. Applicants must be based in the UK.

Several award types are available in the first year of funding, as described below.

Pump-priming grants
Maximum funding per award: £25,000
Award duration: 1-3 years
Aim of award: To fund smaller research projects with direct benefit to patients, or to fund ‘proof of concept’ studies which will facilitate larger studies.
Application Deadline: Friday 18 February 2011

Project Grants
Maximum funding per award: £200,000
Award duration: Up to 3 years
Aim of award: To fund established research teams carrying out research into asbestos-related disease for up to 3 years. Applications seeking the maximum amount/duration are welcomed as are those seeking smaller amounts of funding/shorter duration.
Application Deadline: Friday 25 February 2011

PhD Studentships
Maximum funding per award: £100,000 for non-clinical awards, funding available to clinical applicants is flexible to accommodate the appropriate clinical salary of the PhD student.
Maximum award duration: 3 years
Target applicants: Junior researchers/clinicians
Aim of award: To fund PhD students studying asbestos-related research.
1. Non-clinical awards will cover Student stipend (as set by host institution), university fees (as set by host institution) and research consumables, directly attributable to the project, usually less then £12,000 per year. Total award for 3 years cannot be greater than £100,000.
2. Clinical awards will cover applicant’s salary, plus directly attributable to the project, usually less then £12,000 per year.
Application Deadline: Friday 25 March 2011

Bio-resource Grant
Maximum funding per award: £500,000
Award duration: 1-3 years
Aim of award: To fund the establishment of an asbestos-related disease tissue/blood biobank and database.
Application Deadline: Friday 25 March 2011

Programme Grants
Maximum funding per award: £500,000
Award duration: Up to 5 years
Aim of award: To fund established research teams carrying out larger programmes of research into asbestos-related disease for up to 5 years.
Potentially available in years 2-3 of the scheme.

Award Dates – Year 1 of 3
Pump Priming Grants – Late March 2011
Other Grants – late June 2011

APPLICATIONS FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF FUNDING ARE NOW CLOSED. Announcements will be made regarding the 2nd year of funding over the course of 2011/2012.

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Travel awards

The British Lung Foundation offers travel awards to the European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society Congresses, sponsored by Allen and Hanburys. The travel awards are available to junior clinical and non-clinical researchers in the respiratory field and contribute towards the costs of registration, accommodation and travel to assist in the attendance of these important meetings.

European Respiratory Society

ALLEN & HANBURYS AWARDS
Ten Travel Fellowships worth £750 each are available for young clinical and non-clinical researchers in the respiratory field to attend the European Respiratory Society International Conference in Amsterdam, 24-28 September 2011.

In addition, the British Lung Foundation is administrating two ERS travel fellowships on behalf of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society (BPRS). These awards of £750 each are available to scientists who have been a member of the BPRS for a minimum of 12 months.

Application Deadline: 15 July 2011.
Funding decisions will be made known to all applicants in early September 2011.

Download the application form
Download the accompanying guidelines

NAPP AWARDS
In addition, six Travel Fellowships worth £750 each are available for young clinical and non-clinical researchers in the respiratory field to attend the European Respiratory Society International Conference in Amsterdam, 24-28 September 2011, sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Application Deadline: 5 August 2011.

Download the Application Form
Download the accompanying guidelines

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American Thoracic Society

Ten Travel Fellowships worth £750 each are available for young clinical and non-clinical researchers in the respiratory field to attend the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA 13-18 May 2011.

In addition, the British Lung Foundation is administrating two ATS travel fellowships on behalf of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society (BPRS). These awards of £750 each are available to scientists who have been a member of the BPRS for a minimum of 12 months.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 ARE NOW CLOSED.

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Young Investigator of the Year Awards

One award of £800 is being offered by the British Lung Foundation. A runner-up prize of £200 will also be available. Both prizes are designed to help the careers of the most promising young investigators carrying out original research in respiratory medicine and respiratory science during the past year.

A selection committee judges the awards based on abstracts presented at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting. More information can be found at the British Thoracic Society website.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 AWARD ARE NOW CLOSED. FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE DURING 2011.

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