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Eligibility Criteria

Please read the information below carefully before you start your application

Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found in our FAQ.

Eligibility - All Grants

While eligibility may vary by award type, the following requirements apply to all grants (unless otherwise specified):

  • Applicants or at least one of the key personnel must be an ATS member at the time of application
  • The principal investigator must be a full ATS member at the time the grant is awarded
  • Applicants must have completed their primary research training (PhD or sub-specialty fellowship) by September 1, 2023
  • Applicants must have a firm commitment from their home institution for a faculty position by the time the award is disbursed (May 2024)
  • Applicants must not have received 2 ATS Research Program grants or be a current ATS Research Program Awardee 
  • Applicants who are not US citizens but are currently based in the US must hold a Visa that spans the project period of the grant

We do accept submissions by international and domestic applicants unless otherwise specified. 

Eligibility - Early-Stage Investigators

  • Applicants must be early-stage investigators for all ATS Research Program Grants unless otherwise stated.
  • "Early-stage investigator" is defined as:
    • within 12 years of terminal degree (e.g. MD, PhD), please note that sub-specialty training does not count;
    • never having received any non-mentored grants ≥ $100,000 per year for at least 2 years;
    • exceptions (not related to sub-specialty trainingmay be considered if there are extenuating circumstances (such as parental or military leave), please send an explanation to before submitting a letter of intent (LOI).

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 Scientific Grant Review Committee (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. Applicants who hold active career development grants (e.g. K award) are eligible to receive ATS funding, but the project should be scientifically different from the already funded award.

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