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National Respiratory Research Strategy

The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) is leading the development of the National Respiratory Research Strategy (NRRS) in collaboration with The Lung Association, the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and partners from across the country. Through this strategy, we aim to achieve the following goals:

  • raise awareness of respiratory research
  • build research capacity and support researchers through the development of the Respiratory National Scientist Core Education and Training (RENASCENT) program
  • enhance research programs
  • develop a pan-Canadian respiratory research network
  • facilitate knowledge translation

For additional information on the NRRS, read Research Matters (see below) or contact Michelle McEvoy, Manager of National Research Programs, at

Research Matters (newsletter focussing specifically on the NRRS)

  • Vol 1, Issue 1, September 2012
  • Vol 1, Issue 2, November 2012
  • Research funding

    The Canadian Lung Association funds research and research training through the CTS at the national level. We offer several competitions for research funding.

    Provincial Lung Association Grant Awards Program - National Grant Review (NGR)Registration: November 15, 2014
    Applications: December 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
    Research Fellowship and Studentship ProgramRegistration: TBD
    Applications: TBD
    CTS/ERS Peter Macklem Fellowship AwardRegistration: TBD
    Applications: TBD

    Provincial Lung Association Grant Awards Program - National Grant Review (NGR)

    Registration Deadline: November 14, 2014
    Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

    The following provinces participate in the National Grant Review Program. Please click on the Lung Association of the province in which you are applying to for additional information on their priorities and criteria for funding:
    British Columbia
    To qualify for funding, candidates are asked to complete two (2) steps:

    1. Register: Please register at November 14, 2014.
    You are required to provide your name, institution, identify the type of research (clinical or basic science), the project title, keywords, and a maximum one page abstract.

    2. Submit Application: The original application must be sent to your Provincial Lung Association. ONE (1) electronic copy of the application form and the appendices, in Word or PDF must be submitted to the Canadian Lung Association via by December 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
    Apply for funding
    The Lung Association, Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) – Research Fellowship and Studentship Program

    Registration: TBD
    Application Deadline: TBD

    The Lung Association offers two types of research trainee awards to the medical and scientific community in the field of respiratory health: post-doctoral fellowships and PhD graduate studentships.
    If you're not a CTS member, or if your has lapsed, renew or join the CTS now to be eligible for this funding.
    Priority will be given to a Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident or landed immigrant. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions.
    To be eligible for a CTS Fellowship or Studentship Award the:

    Applicant and supervisor must be CTS members.

    Studentship applicants - should be enrolled or accepted in a graduate (thesis based) program at the Doctoral level at a Canadian academic institution. Individuals who have applied to a graduate program but have not received acceptance may apply for a Studentship award. The award, however, will be conditional on acceptance into the program.

    Fellowship applicants - should be working under supervision of a faculty member at an accredited Canadian academic institution. Under special circumstances, an applicant may pursue a fellowship in another country; however, the applicant must justify why he/she could not find the same kind of training in Canada and he/she must have plans to pursue a career in research in Canada.

    To register go to: Sign into your account and fill in registration form.

    Apply for funding
    Submit forms via postal mail to the address below.
    Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS)/ European Respiratory Society (ERS) – Peter Macklem Fellowship Award

    Registration: TBD
    Applications: TBD

    The joint CTS/ERS Peter Macklem Fellowship is a newly created fellowship program to build capacity and expertise in the area of respiratory health and to promote excellence in research through 1-year funding opportunities towards research training and research projects in Canada or Europe. The CLA/CTS awards one fellowship and the ERS awards one fellowship per year. One awardee from Canada will train in Europe and one awardee from Europe will train in Canada. For candidates going to Canada
    This award must be held at a Canadian institution.

    To be eligible for a CTS/ERS Peter Macklem Fellowship Award the:
    • Candidate should be either a member of the CTS or of the ERS, independently from the mobility scheme applied for (incoming to Europe or to Canada).
    • Candidate should be actively engaged in respiratory research/practice and have appropriate scientific or medical qualifications. Candidates must be postgraduates holding a university degree in the field of respiratory medicine/science (MD, MSc, PhD, MD-PhD) or equivalent. As a minimum requirement candidates need to have graduated with an MD or MSc or equivalent degree at the time of application. In addition, candidates may also be qualified healthcare professionals (non-MD) working in respiratory medicine/health (nurses, physiotherapists, respiratory function technologists, allied respiratory health professionals).
    • Candidate must possess appropriate professional qualifications and experience according to the specific Fellowship applied for.

    Applications must be post-marked no later than TBD. Send one (1) original to the Canadian Lung Association and send one (1) electronic copy via the website by TBD.

    For candidates going to Europe
    This award must be held at a European institution.

    The ERS Long-Term Research Fellowship Rules & Regulations will apply (please refer to attachment). The candidate should use the same online application form as for any other ERS LTRF application via the
    Apply for funding
    Submit forms via postal mail to the address below.

    For more information on all research funding opportunities, contact:

    Michelle McEvoy
    Manager, National Research Programs
    The Lung Association - National Office
    1750 Courtwood Crescent, Suite 300
    Ottawa, ON K2C 2B5
    Tel: (613) 569-6411 x 262
    Fax: (613) 569-8860

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