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:

  • Prevention and screening for early detection
  • Identification of new biomarkers and the development of targeted therapies
  • The 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. The eligibility requirements, grant terms and application details provided below are from the 2015 grant program and subject to change. Details of this year's funding opportunities will be announced in May 2016.


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)
  • Senior faculty (e.g., assistant, associate or full professors)
  • Physicians
  • Nurse researchers

Grant Terms

  • The maximum award amount is $75,000 for a period of one year.
  • 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.
  • LCRF will not support institutional indirect/overhead costs.
  • Personnel budget lines must not account for more than 15% of the total request. (Note: For outcomes, supportive care or other types of studies that normally require a larger personnel budget, please contact the LCRF office to discuss budget options.)
  • Direct patient care costs that could be reimbursed by other sources will not be covered.
  • Applications for an extension of a previously awarded grant require resubmission as a new application for competitive consideration.

How to Apply

  • The 2015 application cycle is now closed.
  • Future grant opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Application 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 must include an update describing the progress made during the current/prior award period.


  • Summary of timeline:
    • July 1, 2015: Application deadline
    • October 2015: Award decisions announced
    • November 2015: Projects begin
  • Due to the high volume of grant submissions, LCRF cannot provide feedback on applications that are not selected to receive an award. Grantees will be notified of their award in October 2015. Please do not contact the LCRF office to check on your application status prior to this date.

Additional Questions

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

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