April 2018

Announcing: 2018 Research Fellowship Request for Proposals

The A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) announces the release of its 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP). The 2018 RFP’s have a total funding amount of $300,000: $150,000 per project. 2018 RFP details follow:

  • May 25, 2018: LOI/Eligibility Form Submission Deadline
  • By June 8, 2018: Up to 20 PI’s invited to submit full application
  • July 15, 2018: Full Proposal Submission Deadline

Mission: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation fights lung cancer by funding innovative research and raising awareness through education and patient support. More about the foundation’s work.

History: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation was founded in 2008 by a small group of Minnesota lung cancer patients after they organized a race to raise awareness about lung cancer. Young, old, smokers, nonsmokers, male and female…each of the founders was shocked to learn that while thousands of families are affected by lung cancer each year, the disease remains overlooked and research underfunded.

Nonprofit EIN #: 30 0475578

Accountability: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation meets or exceeds all accountability standards through the Charities Review Council of Minnesota and is a Gold Star Nonprofit at GuideStar.

Purpose of Fellowship (s)

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOHLF) will provide funding to clinical investigators in the form of a two-year $150,000 award designed to support salaries and other costs related to retaining research talent in the field of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer killing 160,000 Americans each year, yet research funding support remains disproportionately low per cancer death. Consequently, there is an ongoing departure of talented scientists from lung cancer research to other better-funded research fields. Through these fellowships, ABOHLF ensures that chosen research institutions have the resources needed to retain bright and talented scientists committed to reducing the lung cancer mortality rate.

Funding Available in 2018, 2019, 2020

The total award amount for each 2018 fellowship is $150,000 payable on November 1, 2018, May 1, 2019, November 1, 2019 and May 1, 2020 in increments of $37,500 following each six-month progress report. The number of grants available in the 2018 RFP is two, with additional grants to be announced in future years at dates determined by ABOHLF.

Eligibility Criteria

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOHLF), in collaboration with its panel of experts in the field of oncology, will evaluate the merit of research proposals submitted in response to the request for proposals announcement (RFP) from applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Must be in first seven years of faculty position related to lung cancer; Must be able to spend 50% or more of your time in research
Must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DO, DrPH, or equivalent)?
Must be employed by a U.S. research institution (proof of Visa required)
If project involves people or animals, you must have applied for or received approval from your institution’s review board
Specifically, proposals that address one or more of the following scientific areas will be reviewed:

Novel strategies for early detection of lung cancer;
Understanding the biology of women and lung cancer;
Novel strategies for treatment of lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma;
Predictive and prognostic markers to identify responders and non-responders; and
Approaches to overcome acquired resistance to treatment.
The maximum period of performance is two years. The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is $150,000.


Submission is a two-step process:

Complete Eligibility & LOI form by clicking form link at www.abreathofhope.org/research
Once eligibility is verified and hypotheses reviewed, twenty investigators will receive an invitation to apply. ABOHLF will email the link to the online application. Applications can be mailed, emailed in PDF form, or submitted online.
April 17, 2018: Announcement of request for proposals (RFP) – Eligibility & Letter of Inquiry (ELOI) open – form online at abreathofhope.org/research

May 25, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST: Close date for ELOI.

June 8, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST: 20 selected researchers will receive an invitation to submit a full application. Please add research@abreathofhope.org to your safe email addresses.

July 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST: Close date for full applications/submissions – late submissions will not be reviewed

July 15 – September 1, 2018: Scientific Peer Review, ABOH Research Committee Review, Identification of one to three finalists to be interviewed by ABOH research committee physicians

September 2018: Finalists contacted for possible site visits or conference call interviews

October 15, 2018: Public announcement of names of A Breath of Hope 2018 Research Fellows; Press Release. Funding notifications mailed.

November 1, 2018: First of four semi-annual disbursements to institution employing chosen Fellow ($37,500). Fellowship payments made: November 1, 2018, May 1, 2019, November 1, 2019, May 1, 2020. **Note: The second year of support is contingent on the recipient’s demonstration of satisfactory progress. Payments will be made to the financial officer of the Fellow’s employer/sponsoring institution.

August 2019: ABOH Research Fellows are invited to travel to Minnesota (1 or 2-day trip) to be recognized by and to meet key donors/supporters/staff/board of directors or to speak at a major event.

Note: April 15, 2019 – First one page bi-annual progress report and short may person report due to: research@abreathofhope.org