PFF Research Fund

One of the primary missions of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is to fund research that will ultimately lead to successful therapies to improve care and quality of life for those affected by pulmonary fibrosis (PF). As part of this commitment, the Foundation will support new research through its own grant award program and through partnership grants with other patient advocacy organizations. 

We are developing this environment by directly funding research, promoting advocacy efforts, encouraging collaborative relations between industry and academic researchers, delivering key communications to patients, and developing solutions to bridge existing gaps in PF research.

The PFF Scholars program will engage emerging researchers in the field of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), an incurable lung disease. With the goal of advancing research that could translate into successful therapies for PF, the PFF Scholars program is designed to support and enable promising researchers to obtain independent funding and continue their cutting- edge research. Scholars will receive up to $50,000 over a two-year period. 

To review the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Research Fund to Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis Guidelines click here.

To review instructions to help you navigate through proposalCENTRAL and ensure proper submission of your application, click here.

The primary goal of awarding grants through the Research Fund is to support projects that offer a high likelihood of improving the understanding of pulmonary fibrosis in the following areas:

  • Basic Science
  • Translational Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Epidemiological Research
  • Health Services Research

Submitted grants are reviewed by a committee of experts. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit
  • Innovation
  • Responsiveness to the specific goals of each award category.

The Foundation’s Research Review Committee, which is comprised of a wide-ranging group of international experts, administers the peer-review process.

If you have questions about submitting research proposals, contact Zoe at

For more information on these awards and past recipients, click on links below:

I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Awards

Albert Rose Established Investigator Awards

2020 grant cycle

The 2020 grant cycle is now open. All LOIs and full proposal applications must be submitted through the online portal proposalCENTRAL. Please click here to access the system. 

The PFF is currently accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2020 grant cycle for the PFF Scholars Program. Once the application window closes, the peer-review process will take place in December and notifications of acceptance to submit a full application will occur in January 2020. Full grant proposals from investigators will be due in March 2020. The Research Review Committee will then peer-review all full proposals and make final determination of awardees in May 2020 during an in-person study section. Award recipients will be notified by June 2020 and will be acknowledged in the winter 2020 Breathe Bulletin, on the PFF website, and on all pertinent materials.

The deadline for LOI submissions are due no later than November 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). All applications are to be submitted through proposalCENTRAL. Please see below for the annual calendar of the PFF grant cycle.

application schedule and deadlines

The annual calendar presented below displays the anticipated events throughout the year. Specific dates will be provided by the PFF each year as a new funding cycle begins.

PFF Grant Cycle:

Call for Letters of Intent (LOI) October
Deadline for Submission of LOIs November
Scientific Advisory Committee review and ranking of LOIs            November - December
Investigator notification of LOI acceptance    January
Full application submission deadline    February
Review of grant applications February - March, April
Investigator notification   May 
Formal announcement of approved grants  May - June
Award funds available October
Annual report due for awards approved in the 
previous calendar year

For further information about PFF Scholars, and to submit your letter of intent, please visit 


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