Lung Cancer Discovery Award (LCD)

Funding Agency:
American Lung Association

The Lung Cancer Discovery Award is for $100,000 per year for up to two years. The objective of the Lung Cancer Discovery Award is to support independent investigators conduct clinical, laboratory, epidemiological or any other kind of research projects aimed at:

  • Discovering novel approaches in improving clinical methods for the early detection of lung cancer or improving knowledge on the benefits of lung cancer screening
  • Developing novel medical treatments, advancing current treatment options and/or finding a cure for lung cancer

Projects are expected to have a direct impact on early detection/treatment methods or provide a clear conceptual or experimental foundation for future development. The preference is for studies that are likely to result in patient benefit in the near future.

Applicants are required to submit an electronic Letter of Intent (LOI) to the American Lung Association by October 4, 2017.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Education and Experience
At the time of application, an applicant must hold a doctoral degree, have a faculty appointment at an academic institution (including research institutions not formally associated with a university), and have completed a training fellowship. Applicants may be at any level of research experience. Applicants must be independent, self-directed researchers for whom their institution must provide space and other resources customary for independent investigators. The application must convey the commitment of the institution to the applicant and the proposed research activities.

At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1, H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TC or TN), or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Non-citizens must submit a notarized copy of proof of possession of a Green Card or J-1, H-1, H-1B, TC, TN or O-1 visas. At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant/awardee must be employed by a U.S. institution.



Amount Description

Up to $100,000 per year for two years.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 4, 2017