Saving lives through research

Our groundbreaking, world-class research programme is making big improvements to lung health.

Funding research into understanding, alleviating, treating and preventing lung disease is a vital part of our work. Since the British Lung Foundation was founded, we have invested more than £22 million in supporting research into all lung conditions.

Grant funding statement

Donors are becoming increasingly more specific about how the British Lung Foundation uses the funding they give us for research. Often, this means that money must be used to support research into a specific disease area. As a consequence, the opportunity to offer grants for research into any lung disease area, as chosen by the applicant, is becoming rarer.

In addition, it's very difficult to predict a timetable for when new grant funding becomes available and whether or not disease-specific restrictions may apply.

Therefore, we offer research grants as and when appropriate funding is secured and the full terms of their use are known. Please check the available grants section on a regular basis to keep up to date with research funding opportunities.

Animal research statement

The British Lung Foundation is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement. Read the statement on the use of animals in research.


For more information please contact Head of Research Ian Jarrold at