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Introducing the Hope Innovation Research Grants: A New Era for Lung Health Research

Honouring Lloyd Alexander Hope’s Legacy 

Januarys are always busy at the Lung Health Foundation. From helping patients manage flare-ups to supporting those aiming to quit smoking, our work never stops. Amid this activity, a phone call brought news that would change our future: a generous bequest from Lloyd Alexander Hope, making history as our second-largest donation ever.  

Born and raised in Ottawa, Mr. Hope was a farmer and businessman known for his compassion and generosity. His $1,092,735 gift, driven by a shared vision for better lung health, arrives at a pivotal time, supporting our efforts to transform lung health research. 


Announcing the Hope Innovation Research Grants 

The Lung Health Foundation is thrilled to announce the Hope Innovation Research Grants, established in honour of Lloyd Alexander Hope. This grant is designed to support innovative and creative problem-solving in lung health research. 



The Hope Innovation Research Grants aim to support novel, unconventional approaches or methodologies to address lung health issues related to Lung Health Foundation’s current topical areas of focus: lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, infectious respiratory disease/immunization, and youth smoking/vaping prevention and cessation.


Grant Details: 

  • Funding: Up to $100,000 for 5 projects 
  • Focus Areas: 
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Lung Cancer
    • Infectious Respiratory Disease, specifically in the area of health promotion and prevention around Pneumococcal pneumonia, influenza, Covid-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
    • Nicotine Smoking/Vaping in youth, specifically in the area of prevention, cessation and/or examining the effects of nicotine use on lung health


Innovative research proposals may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Discovering promising new approaches to disease prevention, detection and treatment
  • Potential to address important issues or critical barriers to progress in the field
  • Novel application of new theoretical concept, methodology, tool, or technology
  • Novel interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations to address lung health topics
  • Novel approaches to research in historically underserved populations
  • A research approach that creates a new paradigm or challenges existing ones

Successful proposals may be based on ideas or methodologies that have a “higher risk” of failure, but have the potential for “high reward”, significantly impacting our understanding of lung health topics and generating new approaches to combat disease or advance important health initiatives. Applicants must explain the anticipated change or impact, who or what will be affected, and its significance. 


Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Institutional Affiliation: Must have a full-time appointment and be eligible to hold funds as a Principal Investigator (PI) at a CIHR, SSHRC, or NSERC eligible institution.
  • Scope: Proposals must be directly relevant to lung health and aligned with LHF’s topical areas of focus.

Key Dates:

  • June 19, 2024: Funding Opportunity Launch 
  • July 28, 2024: Intent to Apply Deadline 
  • October 1, 2024: Full Application Deadline 
  • Spring 2025: Notification of Decision

For more details and to apply, please visit our research funding webpage. If you have any questions, contact us at 

We are excited to see the innovative ideas and transformative projects that will emerge from this grant, paving the way for a future where everyone can breathe easier! 

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