About the Research Program

Since 2004, research support from the National Institutes of Health, has declined. Researchers in the respiratory community are finding it ever harder, and sometimes impossible, to secure support. Since its inception, the ATS Foundation Research Program has awarded $19.3 million to 263 investigators who have gone on to later secure $330 million in federal funding.

The ATS Foundation Research Program, established that same year, invests in talented investigators from around the world, launching careers dedicated to scientific discovery and better patient care.

In 2011, the ATS Foundation introduced MECOR (Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations) Research Awards to its grants portfolio. These grants support dedicated researchers’ efforts to advance biomedical science, epidemiology, and health care delivery in developing countries around the world, including Africa, Latin America, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

ATS Foundation Research Program grant awardees explore such diverse topics as lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, COPD, sleep apnea, and more.  The awards are a springboard for these young researchers: they create protected research time to successfully compete for a K award, which in turn increases an investigator’s likelihood of receiving an R award.

Awardees have gone on to establish laboratories,  publish their findings in the world’s leading journals, achieve leadership positions at prominent institutions,  mentor the next generation of researchers and clinicians, and develop promising new treatments for complex lung diseases, and ultimately improve care for patients and their families.

To learn more about applying for a grant, click here.