Funding Opportunities for Researchers

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s grant program provides funding for innovative research focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. The Foundation encourages applications for projects investigating a wide variety of research 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 next-generation chemotherapeutic agents
  • Supportive measures for people with lung cancer and their families
  • Quality of care and outcomes research

About Our Grants

The LCRF grant application cycle is currently closed. Eligibility requirements, grant terms and application details provided below from the 2016 grant program are subject to change. Details of additional funding opportunities will be announced in April 2017.


LCRF grants are awarded 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

LCRF provides funds to U.S.-based and international investigators including:

  • Junior investigators (e.g. graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows)
  • Young investigators and senior faculty (e.g. assistant, associate or full professors)
  • Physicians
  • Nurse researchers


  • 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/overhead costs.
  • The LCRF grant must be the primary source of support for the project. However, additional secondary funding (e.g. for core services support) is permitted.
  • Direct patient care costs that could be reimbursed by other sources will not be covered.

Additional Requirements

  • The application must include a curriculum vitae (CV) or NIH biosketch.
  • The application must include at least one letter of support from the applicant’s program director/advisor affirming the following statements:
    • The applicant will be affiliated with the institution/organization during the grant period.
    • There is adequate institutional space and equipment to accomplish the proposed project.
    • The program director/advisor confirms his/her commitment to and provision of institutional space and equipment for the grantee.
  • Applications for an extension of a previously awarded grant require resubmission as a new application and must include an update describing the progress made during the prior award period.

How to Apply

  • The 2016 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 1, 2016: Application deadline
    • October 2016: Award decisions announced
    • November 2016: Projects begin
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, LCRF cannot provide feedback on applications that are not selected to receive an award. Grantees will be notified of their award in October 2016. Please do not contact the LCRF office to check on your application status prior to this date.


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Additional Questions

Any other questions regarding the grant application should be addressed via email to or by calling 212.588.1580.