Research

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

Funding research into understanding, 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.

Research for lung health
Research strategy
We support the lung experts and doctors of the future by investing in research now. Our research strategy details the criteria projects need to meet to receive funding from us
Research strategy

Research for lung health
Grant selection process
We want the money we give to research to have the biggest possible impact. That’s why we have a rigorous system to decide who receives our funding.
Grant selection process

BLF researcher for lung health
Available grants
We fund a huge range of research to tackle lung disease, spending more than £1 million a year. To date, we have awarded more than £24 million in research grants.
Available grants

Taking part in research
Taking part in research
Being part of a research project may mean you get better treatment at the same time as helping other people with your condition. So, what’s involved and how can you sign up?
Taking part in research

Recently awarded grants
Learn more about a few of the grants we recently awarded to respiratory research projects.
Recently awarded grants

Researchers for BLF
Research successes
Our research projects have had many successes - our case studies describe the achievements we've made thanks to your support. 
Research successes

Taking part in research
Changing Lives
Our Changing Lives report examines the life-changing impact of our research projects.
Changing Lives

Lost Lives - lung cancer
Special reports
We’ve produced a number of special reports on conditions including mesothelioma, lung cancer, COPD and more.
Special reports

Research for BLF
Become a research investor
Research is the very best way to fight lung disease. We save, prolong and improve lives every year - but we need your help to save many more.
Become a research investor

 
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.

Contact

For more information please contact Head of Research Ian Jarrold at ian.jarrold@blf.org.uk.