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Grant Resources

Mandatory CHEST Foundation Grant Documents

Budget Form
Distinguished Scholar Invoice Template
Research and Community Service Invoice Template
W-9 (for US applications)
W-8BEN-E (for international applications)

Sample Budget: View a Sample Application Budget Form


Qualifications, Requirements, and Application Components

Learn about who can apply for CHEST Foundation research grants, requirements and expectations once funded, and application components.

Community Service Grants
Distinguished Scholar Grant
Research Grants

 

Community Service Grants

Support from the CHEST Foundation’s community service grants is given to nonprofit and nongovernmental agencies in which health care professionals generously donate their time and medical expertise.

Sample Application: View a sample application for a community service grant.

  • CHEST membership is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must be currently (>6 months) providing a voluntary service to a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO).
    • This grant supports volunteer service in existing projects, expansion of existing projects, or development of a new activity.
  • Teams are encouraged to apply but must have a representative who will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI). The PI will apply as an individual and will receive recognition, if awarded.
  • The organization or service project’s primary intent must be to provide community service and not to conduct research. Bench level surveys that will establish future projects are considered research and will not be considered.
  • This organization must be either a documented US 501(c)3 or an official NGO.
    • If your program is not affiliated with a 501(c)3 or NGO, you might contact your hospital or another nonprofit organization (eg, the local American Lung Association) that could potentially assist by providing you a place to receive and distribute the funding.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply for CHEST Foundation-supported grants:

  • Active CHEST Foundation grantees, including active NCE requests
  • Family members of the CHEST Board of Regents or CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Members of the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees, CHEST Board of Regents, CHEST Foundation Awards Committee, or CHEST Foundation Community Service Work Group

Requirements Once Funded

  • Provide interim progress report as requested.
  • Provide final written report on the project addressing project execution and results 90 days after programs end (December of that calendar year).
  • Provide final budget reconciliation of project funds.
  • Submit the results from your project for presentation to the annual CHEST meeting within a year following grant completion.

Expectations Once Funded

  • Become active in supporting the CHEST Foundation, from sharing your story to help attract future grant applicants, to volunteering your time to support CHEST Foundation activities.

  • Funding will only cover direct costs. Indirect costs will not be covered.
    • PI salaries will not be supported.
    • For a complete list of budget allowances, please see the FAQs. Programmatic travel will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • It is viewed favorably for the application to include institutional commitment to the project and to include fiscal support in addition to the grant funds being sought.
  • Grant funding is paid to the nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO) in which the applicant donates time and services. Academic institutions and universities typically have foundations that are capable of receiving funds on behalf of the applicant.
    • Open to US- and international-based organizations.

  • Applications and application components (including attachments) must be submitted in English.
  • Applications and all required documents must be submitted prior to the deadline via the Grants Management System for consideration.
  • No emailed or mailed proposals will be accepted.
  • Current members of the CHEST Board of Regents or CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees are not permitted to write letters of support.

Application components to be addressed within the Grants Management System:

  • Background/Vision (≤500 words for each question below)
    • Provide a description of where your project is located (city, province/region, country).
    • List if the project is: (1) the continuation of an existing project; (2) the expansion of an existing project; or (3) the development of a new project.
    • Describe the history of the organization and your role within it.
    • Describe the desired outcomes of your proposal.
  • Personal Experience Related to the Project (≤500 words for each question below)
    • Describe your role in the project – Do you volunteer your personal time and/or resources? What specific duties do you perform? How much time do you dedicate to this program or the organization? Provide other information that you would like to have considered.
  • Detailed Project Description (≤500 words for each question below)
    • Describe the project or organization’s mission (eg, this clinic provides free outpatient health services to the homeless or poor, etc).
    • Identify which population(s) your project serves by describing the geographic location, economic status, age group, sex, ethnicity, and other relevant demographics.
    • Estimate how many patients/families are served by your project and what impact your project has had on the patients and/or community.
    • Describe how your project will be replicable/sustainable once funding from the CHEST Foundation has been utilized.

Required document uploads:

  • Budget (download the budget template)
  • Current curriculum vitae – NIH biosketch or general CV accepted
  • One letter of support
    • One letter from a person or group who has benefited, or will benefit, from the project
  • Organization’s mission statement
    • Please note the CHEST Foundation does not provide support to political or religious organizations.
  • Summary of finances for grant-receiving organization’s most recent annual report
  • Current W9 for your organization or equivalent international W8BEN

Distinguished Scholar Grant

The Distinguished Scholar Grant aims to recognize experienced and distinguished medical researchers. They will be expected to complete an investigative project that has significant impact on the designated focus stated in the RFP.

Sample Application: View a sample application for a distinguished scholar grant.

  • CHEST membership at time of application
  • Fellow (FCCP) designation
  • Applicants must be in later career stages
  • IRB approval must be sought/received for all projects to assure protection of subjects
  • Not-for-profit organizations and institutions eligible to apply

The following individuals are not eligible to apply for CHEST Foundation-supported grants:

  • Active CHEST Foundation grantees, including active NCE requests
  • Family members of the CHEST Board of Regents or CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Members of the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees, CHEST Board of Regents, CHEST Foundation Awards Committee, or CHEST Foundation Community Service Work Group

Requirements Once Funded

  • Provide yearly written updates of research progress due by August 31 each year of the project. Continued funding in years 2 and 3 depends on progress made in prior years.
  • Provide final written report on the project addressing research and results due by December of each active year.
  • Provide final budget reconciliation of project funds.
  • Submit for presentation the results from your project to the CHEST Annual Meeting within a year following grant completion.
  • Submit for publication results of your scholarship project.
  • Maintain CHEST membership for the duration of the grant project, including No Cost Extension requests.

Expectations Once Funded

The successful candidate for the Distinguished Scholar grant should anticipate the following responsibilities:

  • Make an outstanding contribution to the specified area of care.
  • Foster the creation of best practices in patient care.
  • Recruit other CHEST members to participate in projects and programs.
  • Represent CHEST as an expert in the specified area of care.
  • Disseminate new knowledge and treatments for the specified area of care.
  • Be active in supporting the CHEST Foundation, from sharing your story to help attract future grant applicants, to volunteering your time to support CHEST Foundation activities.
  • Join and participate in a CHEST NetWork closely related to grant project focus.

  • Higher-level translational research project preferred (T1-T5); basic (cellular or animal) research projects will not be considered. [See Translational Research Definitions]
  • Only direct costs will be allowed. Indirect costs are not allowed.
    • PI salaries will not be supported. For a complete list of budget allowances, please see the FAQs.
  • It is viewed favorably for the application to indicate institutional commitment to the project and to include fiscal support in addition to the grant funds being sought.

  • Applications and application components (including attachments) must be submitted in English.
  • Applications and all required documents must be submitted prior to the deadline via the Grants Management System for consideration.
  • No emailed or mailed proposals will be accepted.
  • Current members of the CHEST Board of Regents or CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees are not permitted to write letters of support.

Application components to be addressed within the Grants Management System:

  • Research Plan (≤750 words for each question and component below)
    • Background/Vision
      • Include your vision for addressing one or more strategic outcomes described previously under “Distinguished Scholar Proposal Focus.”
      • Describe the significance and innovation of your proposal.
    • Hypothesis and Specific Aims
    • Approach and Specific Protocols
      • Define how you propose to investigate your proposed hypothesis.
      • Describe the resources and tools you will need and how you will use them to answer the question.
      • Include methods, protocols, statistical analysis, potential pitfalls, and future directions.
    • Resources Available for Carrying Out Your Research
    • Anticipated Outcomes and Deliverables
    • Dissemination
      • Describe the specific anticipated end products of your scholarship and how they will be disseminated.
    • Challenges and Solutions
  • Community Impact (≤750 words for each question and component below)
    • Community Identity
    • Community Needs
    • Community Impact
  • Project Timeline (≤750)
  • Lay Abstract (≤300 words)

Required document uploads:

  • Bibliography supporting project research
  • Current curriculum vitae – NIH biosketch or general CV accepted
  • One letter of support
    • One from your institution – Division, Department Head, or Dean confirms your permission to serve as the Distinguished Scholar for the 3-year tenure.
  • Human subjects involvement
    • IRB status – IRB approval must be acquired no later than 3 months after receiving grant award.
      • The CHEST Foundation may rescind award if grantee does not receive IRB approval within 3 months of award.
  • Current W9 for your institution or equivalent international W8BEN

 

Research Grants

The CHEST Foundation’s research grants aim to embolden young investigators seeking research funding and support projects that will lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of chest diseases and patient care.

Sample Application: View a sample application for a research grant.

  • CHEST membership at time of application
  • Applicants must be licensed physicians. Physicians-in-training (residents or fellows), other health care professionals, or clinical researchers with relevant experience will also be accepted.
    • Although applicants may be at later career stages, special consideration will be given to young investigators and applicants in early stages of their career.
    • “Young Investigators” and “Early Career” are defined as residents/fellows/other health care researchers with relevant experience or practicing physicians who have completed their post-graduate training within the last 7 years.
  • Teams are encouraged to apply but must have a representative to serve as the Principal Investigator who will apply as an individual and will receive recognition, if awarded.
  • IRB approval must be sought/received for all projects to ensure protection of subjects. 
  • Not-for-profit organizations and institutions are eligible to apply.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply for CHEST Foundation-supported grants:

  • Active CHEST Foundation grantees, including active NCE requests
  • Family members of the CHEST Board of Regents or CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Members of the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees, CHEST Board of Regents, CHEST Foundation Awards Committee, or CHEST Foundation Community Service Work Group

Requirements Once Funded

  • Provide interim progress reports as requested.
  • Provide final written report on the project addressing research and results 90 days after programs end (December of that calendar year).
  • Provide final budget reconciliation of project funds.
  • Submit for presentation the results from your project to the CHEST Annual Meeting within a year following grant completion.
  • Maintain CHEST membership for the duration of the grant project, including No Cost Extension requests.

Expectations Once Funded

  • Become active in supporting the CHEST Foundation, from sharing your story to help attract future grant applications, to volunteering your time to support CHEST Foundation activities.
  • Join and participate in a CHEST NetWork closely related to grant project focus.

  • Higher-level translational research project preferred (T1-T5); basic (cellular or animal) research projects will not be considered. [See Translational Research Definitions]
  • Only direct costs will be allowed. Indirect costs are not allowed.
    • PI salaries will not be supported. For a complete list of budget allowances, please see the FAQs.
  • It is viewed favorably for the application to indicate institutional commitment to the project and to include fiscal support in addition to the grant funds being sought.

  • Applications and application components (including attachments) must be submitted in English.
  • Applications and all required documents must be submitted prior to the deadline via the Grants Management System for consideration.
  • No emailed or mailed proposals will be accepted.
  • Current members of the CHEST Board of Regents or the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees are not permitted to write letters of support.

Application components to be addressed within the Grants Management System:

  • Research plan (≤750 words for each question and component below)
    • Background/Importance
    • Hypothesis/Aims
    • Research Approach – include methods, protocols, expected outcomes, statistical analysis
    • Investigative Team and Research Environment
    • Challenges and Solutions
  • Community Impact (≤750 words for each question and component below)
    • Community Identity
    • Community Needs
    • Community Impact
  • Project Timeline (≤750)
  • Lay abstract (≤300 words)

Required document uploads:

  • Bibliography supporting project research
  • Budget (download the budget template)
  • Current curriculum vitae – NIH biosketch or general cv accepted
  • Two support letters
    • Note: Current members of the CHEST Board of Regents or the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees are not permitted to write letters of support.
    • One from your institution
    • Young Investigator or Early Career – One from your supervisor or mentor
      • “Young Investigators” and “Early Career” are defined as residents/fellows/other health care researchers with relevant experience or practicing physicians who have completed their post-graduate training within the last 7 years.
    • Later career stages – One from senior staff to whom you report
  • Human Subjects Involvement
    • IRB status – IRB approval must be acquired no later than 3 months after receiving grant award.
      • The CHEST Foundation may rescind award if grantee does not receive IRB approval within 3 months of award.
  • Current W9 for your institution or equivalent international W8BEN

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Frequently Asked Questions About CHEST Foundation Grants

Whether this is your first or tenth time applying for a grant, we’re sure you have questions. Here are the questions we get asked the most often. We hope this information helps you on your journey toward advancing the field of chest medicine. It’s through your efforts that we are truly impacting the lives of patients and communities around the world.

Each grant request for proposal (RFP) states who may and may not apply for funding and whether a geographic restriction exists.

You must be a CHEST member to apply for a Research grant and/or Distinguished Scholar grant. For a Community Service grant, membership is preferred but not mandatory. Learn more about becoming a CHEST member.

  • You must have an FCCP designation
  • You have published extensively
  • You are a trusted source to your colleagues
  • Colleagues turn to you when they need help, have questions, or want guidance
  • Peers trust your opinion
  • Peers highly regard your opinion and ideas
  • You are well regarded by your colleagues
  • You have been a successful mentor
  • You have accomplished much in your career
  • You have advanced experience in conducting research projects
  • You are in the later stages of your career

  • Salaries for staff directly contributing to the program:
    • Technical personnel
    • Administration assistance
    • Undergraduate support
    • Temporary staff support
  • Other costs directly related to implementing the program
    • Purchase of supplies (eg, medication, disposables)
    • Production costs
    • Consultants or contractual workers
    • General office supplies
    • Program materials for expanding outreach or development
    • Patient incentives

  • Salary for the principal investigator
  • Food
  • Travel (Community Service Grants will review travel line items on a case-by-case basis; some programmatic travel may be permitted)
  • Lodging
  • Honoraria
  • Capital campaigns
  • Infrastructure costs
  • Construction
  • Expansion
  • Modification of facility
  • Facility equipment
  • Program equipment
    • Funding may not be used on office equipment or program equipment costing more than $1,000
    • The organization/institution should be providing necessary workspaces with needed equipment to complete the project
  • Furniture
  • Reimbursement for third-party funding
  • Overhead fees charged by an institution/organization for grant-related management or expenses
  • Any indirect fees

  • Submit your request through the Grants Management System and attach any necessary documents, but remember that all requests must go through the Grants Management System
  • Make sure you are sending in your NCE request no later than 30 days before your project end date

  • All grants must submit an interim report
    • Single-year grant submitters must provide an interim report 6 months after the start of the project
    • Multiyear grant recipients must submit an interim report at the end of the first year
    • Distinguished Scholar grant recipients must submit an interim report at the end of both the first and second year
    • Submit all necessary documents through the Grant Management System

Download our grant FAQs to learn even more about the application process, guidelines, and qualifications.

Questions?

For more information or if you have questions about our grant offerings, please contact our grants staff at grants@chestnet.org.

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