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Diversity Grant

Important Notes

Applicants are strongly advised to read the  instructions and eligibility criteria before starting an application.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are available on the Foundant Technologies Website.

You must be invited to submit a full application.




Anticipated Timeline

Monday, July 17, 2023 Grant Portfolio Opens at 9:00 AM EST
Monday, September 11, 2023 Letter of Intent Due by 11:59 PM EST
Thursday, October 19, 2023 Invitations to Applicants for Full Applications
Monday, January 8, 2024 Full Applications Due by 11:59 PM EST
March 2024 Grantee Notification
May 2024 Grant Start Date


ATS Diversity Grant

1 grant available
$40,000 for 1 year

Target audience:
Diverse, early-stage investigators interested in basic science, translational, or clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine

Definition of diversity:
We use the NIH definition of  Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise:

A.  Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report  Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in NIH programs to enhance diversity. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see the OMB Revisions to the Standards for Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, .

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet  two or more  of the following criteria:

      1. Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition:;
      2. Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (Definition:;
      3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years (Definition:;
      4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see;
      5. Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants (Definition:;
      6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (Definition:
      7. Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (,   or  b) a   Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas    (qualifying zipcodes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.

Students from low socioeconomic (SES) status backgrounds have been shown to obtain bachelor’s and advanced degrees at significantly lower rates than students from middle and high SES groups (see, and are subsequently less likely to be represented in biomedical research. For background see Department of Education data at,;;

D. Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds (categories A, B, and C) face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields. (See, e.g., From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce ).

How to Apply:
To apply for the ATS Diversity Grant, you must use the general ATS Unrestricted Research Grant mechanism. On the Foundant Technologies website, in the grant category drop-down menu choose the area of your research grant: Unrestricted: Pulmonary, Unrestricted: Critical Care, or Unrestricted: Sleep. The application will automatically populate a section asking if you would like to be considered for the diversity research grant and inquire about your eligibility. If you choose "yes", you will be considered for both the ATS Diversity Grant and the Unrestricted Research Grants. 

The ATS Research Program will award up to one ATS Diversity Grant for $40,000 for one year for salaries, supplies, or a combination of these two. This research for this grant is unrestricted as long as it is in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine. Indirect costs will not be paid to the sponsoring institution.

Award-specific eligibility:
• Must meet one of the NIH criteria above
• Early-stage investigators (as defined here)
• Must meet eligibility requirements for all grants found here

Review Process

Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by Research Program staff. If there are any problems or if these guidelines have not been followed, your proposal will be un-submitted. Please make sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.

The ATS Scientific Grant Review Committee (SGRC)* will review the applications at the end of February 2023. The membership of the SGRC is listed on the ATS Website and additional  ad hoc reviewers will be invited to participate as needed. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit, novelty, and responsiveness to the purpose of the specific grant program.

*previously known as the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

ATS Policy on Additional Grant Funding

Simultaneous submission of grants with scientific overlap is allowed, but if multiple applications are funded, then the applicant must notify the Research Program within one month of formal notification of award. A subcommittee of the SGRC will assess the degree of overlap. In the case of significant scientific overlap, the applicant will have to choose between the ATS research grant and the other grant. Budgetary overlap is not allowed.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, contact the ATS Research Program.

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