Advanced Degree and Clinical Research Training Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Funding Agency:
Alpha-1 Foundation

The Alpha-1 Foundation (A1F), the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) are collaborating on a two-year funding opportunity for $30,000 ($15,000 per year).

The objective of this award is to provide additional career development support for outstanding Respiratory Therapists (RTs) who conduct research (clinical or translational), including detection, inhalation therapies, clinical care, diagnostics, and therapeutic tools in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)-related lung disease. It is expected that the award will provide an incentive for the pursuit of a Masters-level (or higher) degree and a career in chronic lung disease research with a focus on AATD. Funds will be used to support an RTs getting advanced training in research (Masters-level degree or higher) with the subject of the deliverable research project being a meritorious project regarding alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

The grant application process is now under way, with a full application date of Feb. 19, 2016 and a funding notification date of May 6, 2016. Funding begins July 1, 2016.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible candidates for this award must meet the following criteria:

• Possess an active AARC membership

• Possess a baccalaureate degree in a health related discipline

• Possess the R.R.T. credential

• Possess a “Full-time” appointment in a Master’s-level (or higher) degree program at an accredited institution o If the candidate is applying for support for Master’s-level (or higher) degree training as part of the award, admission into an accredited Master’s-level (or higher) degree program must be demonstrated. Candidates who have VA appointments may not consider part of the VA effort toward satisfying the “fulltime” requirement at the applicant institution. Candidates with VA appointments should contact the staff person in the relevant Institute or Center prior to preparing an application to discuss their eligibility

You may submit an application if your institution has any of the following characteristics: • For-profit or non-profit organization • Public or private institution, such as university, college, hospital, and laboratory • Units of State and local government • Eligible agency of the federal government • Domestic (Candidates from institutions outside 50 states of the United States are ineligible)



Amount Description

The Alpha-1 Foundation (A1F), the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) will collectively commit up to $30,000 ($15,000/year) over two (2) years to fund one (1) award. Subsequent commitments and awards will be determined after the first year of the two year award cycle. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 19, 2016