Research Fellowship Program


2016 RFP Application Process Now Closed

RFP Guidelines

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Nearly 160,000 American lives will be taken by lung cancer this year, yet research will be funded by as much as 20 times less than other cancers. To see statistical details about lung cancer underfunding click here. Lack of funding drives talented young researchers away from lung cancer, despite their interest and commitment.


In response to these crises and their contribution to an avoidable 83% U.S. lung cancer mortality rate, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation created the A Breath of Hope Research Fellowship Program. This program uses a national Request for Proposal (RFP) grant process to identify America’s most promising lung cancer investigators to receive $150,000 research fellowships.

During A Breath of Hope grant cycles, a team of national oncology experts review applications from around the U.S. and identify two lung cancer researchers and their institutions to receive funding. Scoring advantages are given to scientists focused on translational research projects that would move from lab to patient in less than five years. Research focus areas include the biology of women and lung cancer, novel strategies for early detection and treatment of lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma, predictive and prognostic markers, and approaches to overcoming acquired resistance to treatment. Read more about A Breath of Hope’s 2014 Research Fellows Dr. Bikkavilli and Dr. Patel.

Stay tuned for 2016 announcements from A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation naming new 2016 fellows! The research emphasis in the 2016 RFP round is 1) Understanding the biology of lung cancer in women and 2) Developing novel strategies for the early detection of lung cancer.