Information for researchers

Research strategy

We support the lung experts and doctors of the future by investing in research into lung disease now.

For scientists to be eligible for British Lung Foundation funding they must meet certain criteria. Our research strategy details the criteria that projects need to meet to receive funding from us. The strategy is reviewed annually by our scientific committee.

Download the latest version of our research strategy (PDF 81.3KB)

If you’re thinking of applying for one of our research grants, please consider the following general points:

Scientific merit

The research we fund must be of the highest standard of scientific excellence, in terms of the quality of the research team, the objectives of the research and the prospects of achieving them. The research must be directly relevantto the respiratory system and enable understanding of at least one of the following:

  • prevention,
  • diagnosis
  • alleviation
  • treatment or cure of any chest or lung disease

Depending on the individual grant schemes, research can be clinical, laboratory-based, epidemiological or qualitative. Research must have a clearly defined impact on those living with lung disease and other relevant people. It must also align with our charitable objectives.

Our scientific committee has agreed a list of 'priority areas' for respiratory research. Therefore, we encourage applications for research into these areas. Where possible, we will also consider applications for research into all other respiratory areas.

To learn more about these priority areas, please download the latest version of the British Lung Foundation research strategy. Principal applicants for British Lung Foundation research funding must be based in the UK.

We provide relevant information to all people living with lung disease, their carers and other stakeholders. Researchers must therefore provide summaries of their work in language that is easy for the general public to understand. Research funded by the British Lung Foundation should provide ‘added value’. In other words, its results should not only aim to increase the knowledge of a particular research area, but should also benefit other British Lung Foundation stakeholders.

Additional points

In the current climate of funding, multiple grant applications from the same applicant are discouraged, as it is unlikely that more than one will be funded. Similarly, it is unlikely that we will award more than one grant to members of the same research team. A principal investigator can hold only one BLF grant at any one time.

If, following an application to the British Lung Foundation, a project is funded from a different source, it is the responsibility of the applicant to inform the British Lung Foundation of this and withdraw their application to the British Lung Foundation. In view of the danger to health caused by tobacco, we will not support individuals applying for, holding or employed under a grant from the tobacco industry.

Where possible, and depending on restrictions made to the funding available for expenditure on research, we will continue to fund research into all lung conditions and encourage collaboration with other charities that have similar objectives to this end.

The types of research grants made by the British Lung Foundation can include, but are not limited to: project grants, research fellowships, chair(s) in respiratory medicine and pump-priming grants. Other grants available can include travel fellowships and early career investigator awards.

Association of Medical Research Charities

We're 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 AMRC statement.