Applying for LAM Research Funding - LAM Biomarker Innovation Grant Program

LAM Biomarker Innovation Grant Program

The LAM Foundation has established a LAM Biomarker and Pilot Clinical Trial Fund. The total funds raised to date are $140,000. In association with the first LAM Biomarker Innovation Summit held in November 2014, The LAM Foundation is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Biomarker Innovation Grant (BIG) Program.

Mission of the BIG Program: To fund proposals that have the most immediate potential for positive impact on the care of patient with LAM.

All grant submissions are handled through our grant website - CLICK HERE

The application period for the letter of intent (LOI) will open November 25, 2014 and will close December 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

Invitations to submit a full application will occur on or about January 12, 2015.

The deadline for the complete application is February 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.


  • BIG awards are restricted to biomarker focused projects.
  • BIG awards provide one year of funding, and range from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • Candidates must have appropriate experience / expertise, an MD, PhD or equivalent degree.
  • Investigators of all nationalities are eligible, but candidates must possess visas that allow for completion of the proposed project in the original laboratory.

PUBLICATIONS: Publications based on any study or research done during the period of support should acknowledge the support of The LAM Foundation, and a reprint should be sent to The LAM Foundation office. Periodic progress reports are required and must be completed to assist the Foundation in shaping future policies with respect to its award program.


  1. The Proposed Research section of the online grant application for all LAM awards is limited to 5 pages, not including references and figures.
  2. Proposals should follow the format listed below.
    a. Hypotheses and specific aims
    b. Significance, importance
    c. Literature review, preliminary data
    d. Research plan; experimental methods

    FACTORS CONSIDERED IN EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS: Applications are reviewed by The LAM Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.  Factors considered when selecting awardees are:

    1. Scientific merit of the research proposal
    2. Cost efficiency-see below*
    3. Potential for proximate impact on LAM health
    4. Expertise and commitment of applicant
    5. Research environment

*Since the amount of money is limited and the number of proposal we would like to fund will clearly exceed our resources, we ask that applicants hone budgets to amounts absolutely required to complete projects. Cost efficiency will be considered along with scientific merit in all funding decisions.

Examples of Allowed costs:

  • Technician or fellow effort
  • Coordinator effort
  • Supplies, reagents, animals, shipping, etc.

Examples of Costs that are discouraged:

  • PI effort
  • Travel

To learn more about LAM Foundation BIG awards contact: Judy Sheridan at 513.777.6889 or

Other ways to get involved:

  • Raise awareness of LAM in the scientific community
  • Encourage other scientists to go to our website to learn more about how to apply for research funding
  • Write your congressman to promote increased federal funding for research, treatment and educational programming for LAM