Pre-announcement - Team Grants: Lung Health

People of all ages who live in Canada are affected by the quality of the air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors. Inhalation of gases and toxins resulting from, but not limited to, smoking, vaping and air pollution can significantly impact the health of the lungs and other organ systems, such as the heart and brain. Resultant absorption of particulate matter and aerosol pollutants can damage lung tissue directly and cause local and systemic inflammation throughout the body. Considering the ongoing, new and emerging threats to lung health, such as lung cancers among people who have never smoked, the effects of vaping on health, viral infections (e.g., SARS-CoV-2), and the impacts of climate change, there is an urgent need for strategic investment in lung health.

In response to these concerns, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are collaborating with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Lung Association, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada on the upcoming Team Grants: Lung Health. This funding opportunity is also supported by in-kind contributions from Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Children’s Healthcare Canada.

Anticipated Timelines

These timelines are estimates and subject to change

Program launch date: Summer 2023
Information webinar: Summer 2023
Application deadline: Winter 2024
Anticipated notice of decision: Spring 2024


The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Address the biological, social, environmental and/or behavioural effects on lung health through rigorous research approaches informed by intersectional analyses;
  • Coordinate the collection and sharing of data to understand, prevent, detect and manage lung health to improve reproducibility and rigour of research results;
  • Disseminate, inform and implement high-quality evidence into practice and policy for improved and more equitable health outcomes;
  • Strengthen and promote lung health research capacity through interdisciplinary and experiential-based approaches to foster the next generation of lung health researchers;
  • Meaningfully integrate equity, diversity and inclusion analyses and considerations within research studies and teams;
  • Broadly strengthen the respiratory health and wellness of people living in Canada with meaningful consideration of historically excluded groups and Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis).

Research Areas

Applications must be relevant to at least one research area but may be relevant to multiple research areas. The Team Grants: Lung Health will support projects focused on the following topics as they relate to lung health and wellness:

  • Cancer
  • Climate
  • Inflammation
  • Policy
  • Sex and Gender
  • Vaping

Funds Available

The anticipated amount available for this funding opportunity is up to $14,500,000 enough to fund up to seven (7) Research Team grants. This amount is subject to available funding partners.

Contact Information

CIHR Contact Centre
For general inquiries please contact:
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178


The information contained herein is anticipatory only and does not represent an official funding commitment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Accordingly, the information contained herein may differ from the official funding opportunity, if and when that information will be published on ResearchNet.

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