the grant selection process

  1. Our Board of Directors determines the most critical areas of need in lung cancer research. These needs determine the areas of research focus in the form of a 'Request for Applications' (RFA).
  2. Once the RFA is determined, researcher investigators will submit short versions of their proposals, describing both the proposed study and potential clinical impact of the project. These pre-applications are scientifically peer-reviewed by our board.
  3. Upon approval by our Board or Directors, applicants will be invited to submit a full application for further peer review and funding consideration.
  4. Full applications are discussed, rated, and scored by assigned reviewers – including members of the Board of Directors and Advocates in Science– who assess the strengths and weaknesses of each application based on defined review criteria such as scientific merit and potential for impact. 
  5. The overall scores for each application are then used by Board of Directors to make final funding recommendations across all research mechanisms. Applications are recommended for funding in the order of the overall average score. Board of Directors’ recommendations are forwarded to The Huff Project leadership, who approve the final slate of applications for funding.

about our grants


The Huff Project grants are awarded for projects focused on one or more of the following areas of lung cancer research:

  • Basic science
  • Translational research
  • Clinical research
  • Supportive care
  • Quality of care/outcomes

Investigators from US and international institutions are eligible to apply for THP funding. Individuals must be affiliated with a non-profit academic or research institution and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Students or fellows
  • Early-career, mid-career, or senior investigators with experience
  • Both tenure or non-tenure track researchers, staff scientists, and clinicians



  • THP will not support institutional indirect / facilities and administrative costs.
  • The THP grant can be the primary or secondary source of support for the project. Additional secondary funding (e.g. for core services support) is permitted.
  • Any equipment costs must be limited and directly applicable to the research project (i.e. large, general equipment costs are not permitted).
  • Patient care costs that could be reimbursed by other sources will not be covered.



  • Application must include a curriculum vitae (CV) or NIH biosketch of investigator.
  • Application must include at least one letter of support from the applicant’s program director/advisor affirming the following statements:
    • Applicant is affiliated with the institution/organization during the grant period.
    • Adequate institutional space and equipment to accomplish proposed project.
    • The program director/advisor confirms his/her commitment to and provision of institutional space and equipment for the grantee. 
  • Application for an extension of a previously awarded grant require re-submission as a new applicant and must include an update describing 'progress made during the prior awards period.'



  • Once funding opportunities are announced, details will be posted here, and applications will be accepted on our website. 



  • The Huff Project reserves the right to not provide specific feedback on applications that are not selected to receive a grant money. All applicants will be notified of their award status as soon as review process is completed.