Grant Programs

The AAF will not be accepting applications for 2018 AAF Scholar Awards.  Read more.

The American Asthma Foundation supports work in all investigative fields that may reveal new pathways in the pathogenesis of asthma. Our goal is to understand the pathophysiology of asthma in order to define new targets for therapy. Studies may involve laboratory or clinical investigation, including genetic studies. Studies of humans are encouraged, but the AAF does not sponsor therapeutic trials.

AAF Scholar Awards

The AAF Scholars Program supports early- to mid-career scientists. Scholar Awards provide $150,000 per year for two years, with the possibility of an additional $150,000 for a third year, based on progress and potential. (Most investigators have met this requirement.)

Scientists at nonprofit research organizations in the U.S. who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment (Assistant Professor or equivalent) are eligible. Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding. AAF Scholar Awards are not intended as start-up funds for investigators at the outset of their careers. There is no citizenship requirement.

The AAF is particularly interested in attracting investigators from outside the field to apply their expertise to the study of asthma. Prior research in asthma is not required. Investigators from within the field are also eligible for awards, but their proposed work must represent a departure from their current and past research.

AAF Extension Awards

AAF Extension Awards support the advancement of novel therapeutic targets stemming from AAF-funded research. Past and current AAF Awardees are eligible. The deadline to apply for 2018 is March 20, 2018 for funding to begin July 1.