Application Overview

Application Components. See also Detailed Instructions.

Note: We do not require preliminary data because we wish to encourage investigators to take a chance―to bring their expertise from another area to asthma and/or to propose an idea that is risky but could have a high return.

Annual Deadline. Applications are accepted annually, in December, with funding to commence on June 1 the following year. The next deadline is December 1, 2015. Applications must be uploaded on the AAF Research Program website no later than 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time on the deadline date. Applications are not accepted by email, by fax, or as hard copy.

Review Criteria. All applications are reviewed by members of the Scientific Review Board. The major criteria used to evaluate applications are:
  • Innovation: cutting-edge research, new-to-the-field thinking
  • Relevance to asthma: potential for new insights into causes and treatments
  • Research proposal: importance and clarity
  • Investigator: productivity and ingenuity

Notification. Applicants will be notified in March by email of the outcome of the review process. Notification will be sent to the Applicant's email address provided on the Application Cover Sheet. The AAF does not provide critiques of unfunded proposals.

Participation in the AAF Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the AAF will be held in San Francisco, May 9-11, 2016. The deadline for applications has been advanced to December 1, 2015 to allow the 2016 AAF Scholars to attend, and we ask applicants to keep these dates open. Ability to attend the 2016 meeting will not be a criterion for selection of Scholars, but attendance in subsequent years is a condition of the award.

2016 Schedule:

September 1, 2015: Application available.
December 1, 2015: Application due.
March 21, 2016: Applicants notified of funding decisions.
May 9-11, 2016: AAF Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
June 1, 2016: Funding begins.

Updated 8/6/2015.