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We facilitate, encourage and adjudicate clinical, epidemiological and basic scientific research to prevent, diagnose and treat respiratory disease and promote respiratory health.

The Lung Association provides funding for the annual research Grant-In-Aid program. Applications are scientifically reviewed by the Canadian Thoracic Society and provided to the Ontario Thoracic Society’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC), which oversees distribution of funds. This vital program provides much-needed funding to respiratory research in the province.

Research Grants and Awards

The OTS Research Advisory Committee annually allocates grant-in-aid (GIA) funds to individual researchers in support of research in topics related to respiratory medicine in Ontario. These are funded annually by the OLA from its fund raising programs. Please visit the OTS Research Program website for more information on the GIA and OLA/Pfizer competition.

The RAC co-ordinates all research activities and provides regular updates on the results of OTS-sponsored research to all Society members and to all members of the OLA.

The OLA is proud of the class of academic excellence currently being supported in Ontario and will strive to carry forward this high level of excellence. Click on the appropriate link to the right to review the research funded by the Ontario Lung Association.

The 2018-2019 Grant-In-Aid competition is now open.

To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

1. Register here by Friday, November 17, 2017.

You are required to provide the names of the PI and co-applicants, institution, identify the type of research (clinical or basic science), the project title, keywords, and a maximum 1 page abstract of your research project.

2. Submit electronic application no later than 4:30 p.m. (PST) on Friday, December 8, 2017:

Upload one (1) complete application with all the supporting documentation (PDF) here.

Competition Documents: The application form and competition guidelines are available at

Competition results will be communicated to applicants in July 2018.