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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.

While eligibility may vary by award type, the following requirements apply to all grants (except MECOR Awards):

  • Applicants must be junior investigators (unless otherwise stated). "Junior 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 training) may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances (such as parental leave), please send an explanation to before submitting a letter of intent (LOI)
  • At least one of the key personnel must be an ATS member at the time of application
  • Applicants must have completed their primary research training (PhD or sub-specialty fellowship) by July 1, 2019
  • Applicants must have a firm commitment from their home institution for a faculty position
  • Applicants must not have received 2 ATS Foundation grants or be a current ATS Foundation 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. 


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 SAC will assess the degree of overlap. In the case of significant scientific overlap, the applicant will have to choose between the ATS Foundation 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 Foundation funding, but the project should be scientifically different from the already funded award

Last Reviewed: April 2019