American Lung Association

Organization Overview

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. For more than 110 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air by funding thousands of critical lung disease research projects. In the last 10 years the Lung Association has awarded over $83 Million dollars in research funding. Supported projects include examining the cause and prevention of lung diseases like tuberculosis, asthma, COPD and lung cancer, as well as how to manage and eradicate lung disease.

The American Lung Association nationwide research program consists of two distinct components—the Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network and the Awards and Grants program. The ACRC network, the largest not-for-profit network dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research, conducts large clinical trials across the United States that have a direct impact on care and treatment of patients. Through our Awards and Grants program, we support the entire research career spectrum, from training awards to early and mid-career grants, and grants for established investigators.