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The American Asthma Foundation Research Program is the largest private funder of asthma research, having awarded over $100,000,000 to scientists since 2000. AAF scientists have changed the pace of discovery in asthma research. From their success in revealing the basic mechanisms of asthma, four new drugs are in clinical testing for asthma, many others are in pre-clinical testing, and scores of new molecular pathways underlying asthma have been revealed. Read more about these advances...

Open to Scientists from Every Field

We fund innovative research by outstanding investigators from all fields that might impact asthma. Most of our awardees are studying asthma for the first time, bringing expertise and perspectives from a broad range of areas, including genetics, cell signaling, metabolism, crystallography, biochemistry, pharmacology and neurobiology, among others. The current awardees gather every May in San Francisco to share their discoveries.

AAF Scholar Awards ― More support for young scientists

The AAF Scholars Program is devoted entirely to early- to mid-career investigators. Awards of up to $450,000 each will go to investigators in the U.S. who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment. We offer scientists the challenge, freedom and funding to pursue new ideas, without preliminary data. This is an exceptional opportunity for creativity, with the potential to significantly impact human health. Details.

The next application deadline will be February 4, 2015.

Receive the 2015 program announcement.