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Apply for ATS Diversity Grant


If you are an early-stage investigator looking for a funding opportunity to push your creative journey forward, you can apply for the ATS Diversity Grant program. If you are interested, you can apply for this grant program. This funding opportunity is open for a limited time period, so hurry and apply!

Sponsoring Agency:  ATS Research Program 

Type of Fund: Grant

Deadline: September 13, 2022


Definition of diversity according to the program: They use the NIH definition of Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise:

  • A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.  In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in NIH programs to enhance diversity. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see the OMB Revisions to the Standards for Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (
  • B. Individuals with disabilities, are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at,
  • C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, are defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria:
      1. Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition:;
      2. Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (Definition:;
      3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years (Definition:;
      4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see;
      5. Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants (Definition:;
      6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (Definition:
      7. Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (, or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas  (qualifying zip codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.
  • Students from low socioeconomic (SES) status backgrounds have been shown to obtain bachelor’s and advanced degrees at significantly lower rates than students from middle and high SES groups (see, and are subsequently less likely to be represented in biomedical research. For background see Department of Education data at,;;
  • D. Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds (categories A, B, and C) face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields. (See, e.g., From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply:

Diverse, early-stage investigators who are interested in basic science, translational, or clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine can apply for this funding opportunity.

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