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About the Research Program

The American Thoracic Society and its Research Program are improving respiratory health worldwide by supporting early career Investigators in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The ATS Research Program, established in 2004, bolsters new investigators as they strive to launch independent research careers dedicated to innovation in patient care.

Since 2004, the Research Program has awarded $22.8 million in research grants to 334 investigators who have gone on to secure more than $784.8 million in federal funding. That's a return on investment of $34 per dollar awarded.

Research has led to breathtaking advances in medicine. But there is much more to be learned, especially in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion people globally suffer from chronic respiratory conditions.

The talented basic, translational, and clinical investigators funded through ATS Research Program awards are taking new approaches to unlock the mysteries of respiratory diseases.

Their topics of scientific exploration are diverse and include lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, and more.

By providing research grants to promising early career Investigators, the ATS Research Program launches careers dedicated to advancing scientific discovery—and better patient care.

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The American Thoracic Society improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Founded in 1905 to combat TB, the ATS has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and sleep apnea, among other diseases.

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