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2015 Research Grant Competition

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The 2015 Free to Breathe Research Grant Competition is Now Open!

Letter of Intent deadline:  November 7, 2014 at 5pm EST 

View or download the Request for Proposals

Letter of Intent must be submitted through the online grant portal.


Free to Breathe has a new funding opportunity solely focused on research to prevent or stop lung cancer metastasis.  We seek to support high-impact and innovative lung cancer research within this area of emphasis that will result in clinical translation (e.g. clinical trial) by the end of the 3-year award period.  Our ultimate goal is to fund research that will result in treatments for lung cancer patients and increase survival.  For 2015, we expect to support up to three $600,000 awards, paid over 3 years. 

Area of Interest

Free to Breathe will only consider Letters of Intent proposing research to prevent or stop lung cancer metastasis including a clear vision and plan for clinical translation within three years. 

We are interested in (but are not limited to) proposals with:

  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative teams and two or more Principal Investigators (PIs)
  • Collaborations with industry partners; however the PIs must be employed at a not-for-profit entity (such as an academic or research institution)
  • Access to existing patient samples or data, especially tissue from metastatic sites
  • Studies that include mechanistic investigations into the underlying causes of metastasis
  • Studies that are distinct research components of new or existing clinical trials
  • Novel approaches for preventing brain metastasis 

At the time of application, the PIs must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DO, DrPH, or equivalent), and be independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).  Sponsoring institutions must be not-for-profit institutions located within the United States.

View the Request for Proposals for more details about eligibility and application instructions.

For questions, please contact Alice Yuroff, PhD, Senior Programs Manager.

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