Funding Opportunities for Researchers

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s grant program provides funding for research focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. The goal of the program is to fund innovative projects across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research. The Foundation encourages applications for projects investigating a wide variety of topics including:

  • Improving our understanding of lung cancer biology
  • Prevention and screening for early detection
  • Identification of new biomarkers and the development of targeted therapies
  • Development of more effective and safer therapies
  • Psychosocial research including supportive measures for people with lung cancer and their families
  • Quality of care and outcomes research for the improvement of healthcare standards and overall patient outcomes

About Our Grants

The 2018 application cycle is now closed. Once additional funding opportunities become available, details will be posted on the LCRF website. For reference, the 2018 request for proposals (RFP) may be viewed here.


LCRF awards grants for projects focused on one or more of the following areas of lung cancer research:

  • Basic science
  • Translational research
  • Clinical research
  • Supportive care
  • Quality of care/outcomes

Investigators must be affiliated with a non-profit academic or research institution and must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Students and fellows
  • Young and mid-career investigators with less than ten years’ experience since initial faculty appointment
  • Non-tenure track researchers, staff scientists, and clinicians (any number years of experience)

Applicants from US-based and international institutions are eligible to apply. Senior investigators with more than ten years’ experience since faculty appointment are generally not eligible for funding and are encouraged to mentor a junior team member through the application process. Please refer to the RFP for full details regarding eligibility requirements.


  • The maximum award amount is $150,000 for a period of two years (disbursed at $75,000 per year).
  • LCRF will not support institutional indirect / facilities and administrative costs.
  • The LCRF grant must be the primary source of support for the project.

How to Apply

  • The 2018 application cycle is now closed.
  • Once additional funding opportunities are announced, details will be posted here, and applications will be accepted via our online grants management system.


  • Summary of timeline:
    • July 2, 2018: Application deadline
    • October 31, 2018: Award decisions announced
    • November 2018: Projects begin
  • All applicants will be notified of their award status by the date indicated above. Please do not contact the LCRF office to check on your application status prior to this date.

Additional Questions

If you have questions about the LCRF Scientific Grant Program, please contact the LCRF office at or via phone at 212.588.1580.

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