British Lung Foundation Funding Schemes Now Open

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) supports people affected by lung disease and works to promote a greater understanding of the disease. BLF offers funding to support clinical, laboratory and/or epidemiological research carried out by medically qualified researchers, postdoctoral scientists or allied health professionals in the UK. The following research grants and studentship awards are now open:

BLF/Masonic Charitable Foundation PhD Studentship

Funding is available to support PhD student research in one or more of the following priority areas:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

Children’s lung disease


Grants are provided for three years up to a maximum funding level of £100,000. The award covers student stipend (as set by the host institution), university fees (as set by the host institution) and research consumables directly attributable to the project (usually less than £12,000 per year).

BLF Mesothelioma Research Network Collaborative Pump-Priming Research Grant

Support is given for collaborative research into mesothelioma, a type of cancer that is usually caused by inhaled asbestos fibres and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.

Principal applicants and all co-applicants must be members of the BLF Mesothelioma Research Network. At least one co-applicant must be based at a different institution to the principal applicant.

Grants up to a maximum of £40,000 are available for a period of up to three years.

Malcolm Weallans Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Grant

BLF and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust have made available the Malcolm Weallans Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Grant to support research into pulmonary fibrosis.

Grants up to a maximum of £40,000 are available for a period of up to three years.

SarcoidosisUK/BLF Sarcoidosis Research Grant

BLF and SarcoidosisUK have combined to offer the Sarcoidosis Research Grant to support research into sarcoidosis, a disease involving abnormal collections of inflammatory cells that form lumps known as granulomas.

Applications must fit into at least one of the categories of aetiology, prevention, diagnosis, alleviation, treatment and/or cure of sarcoidosis. Preference is given to research that leads towards new core understanding or new therapeutic options.

Grants up to a maximum of £120,000 are available for up to three years.

BLF/Catalina Mesothelioma Research Grant

With support from Catalina Services UK Limited, funding is available for research into mesothelioma. The following grants are available:

Clinical trial award to support trials of new or existing molecules (either molecules that are not yet licenced for any indication or those that are already licenced for use in other indications). Grants are up to £500,000 for a maximum of four years.

Project and pump priming grants for research into improved early diagnosis. Project grants are up to £330,000 for a maximum of three years. Pump priming grants are up to £40,000 for a maximum of 18 months.

Collaboration is encouraged, both within and outside the UK, but the grant-holding institution must be based in the UK. Applications involving early career investigators are welcomed.

Preliminary applications for all schemes must be submitted by the deadline of 3 February 2020.

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