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:

PFF Scholars

I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Awards

Albert Rose Established Investigator Awards

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    March
Peer-review of grant applications March - May
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 proposalCENTRAL.

2019 Cycle Awardees

To view biographies of each awardee, please visit the PFF Scholars page.

Jeremy Katzen, MD
Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
This award is funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sarah O’Beirne, PhD
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
This award is funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.         

Kerri Aronson, MD

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
This award is funded by Chuck McQuaid

Erica Farrand, MD
University of California, San Francisco
This award is funded by the Cohen, Veilleux, Tocher, and Feiger Families in fond memory of Eli Cohen

John Kim, MD
Rectors and Visitors of the University of Virginia
This award is partially funded by the Jenny H. Krauss and Otto F. Krauss Charitable Foundation Trust, in memory of Stephen N. Dirks.

Andrew Haak, PhD
Mayo Clinic


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