Research Strategy

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Our mission

Funding Asthma + Lung UK’s long term mission is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma, and we do this by driving and funding world-class research, campaigning to improve the quality of care, and providing expert advice and support. By supporting new avenues of asthma research and asthma scientists we aim to halve the time it takes for new discoveries to start helping people with asthma. New technologies and collaborations will increase the chances of scientific breakthroughs and we are determined everyone with asthma should benefit.

We believe the UK’s current pre-eminence in asthma research, and position as a global science hub, continues to make it the right place to develop the stellar asthma scientists for the future.

We have been funding research for decades and an independent review has shown Asthma + Lung UK scientists have made real impact in all areas of asthma research. Asthma + Lung UK's research has already had a wide-ranging impacts.

Asthma + Lung UK has built up decades of experience of funding research to transform the lives of people with asthma. We are proud to fund world-class research.

Key themes of our 2016-21 Research Strategy:

  • The European Asthma Research & Innovation Partnership (EARIP)

EARIP was a project led and co-ordinated by Asthma + Lung UK and funded by a European Commission FP7 grant. The Partnership has identified 15 key areas, which provide a blueprint for investment in asthma research, development and innovation.

  • Involving people with asthma

Asthma + Lung UK involves people with asthma at all stages of our research programme; without their input, we wouldn’t have the confidence that we’re funding research that will make a real difference to the lives of people with asthma.

Find out how our fantastic Research and Policy volunteers support and influence our research programme.

  • Supporting world-leading researchers, and funding the next generation of asthma research superstars

Asthma + Lung UK funds some of the best asthma researchers in the world to conduct asthma research projects on our behalf. It’s incredibly important that we support world-leading researchers, as they will be able to make the breakthroughs that people with asthma need.

Importantly, we also support the next generation of asthma research superstars, funding projects that will enable excellent researchers to develop their own skills and ideas.

Read more about some of the asthma superstar scientists that we currently support.

  • Working in partnership to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma

To increase the funding available for asthma research we actively pursue different types of partnerships with other researchers and research funders, where these research aims are the same as our own. These will always focus on the top 15 research priorities.

Read about some of the partnerships that we are and have been involved with, and the progress these are making for people with asthma.

  • Working to encourage further investment in asthma research

As well as directly supporting and partnering on projects that address the top 15 asthma research priorities, we will also work to encourage other research funders to invest in these promising areas of asthma research.

Asthma + Lung UK will be funding research in line with the 15 research priorities that form the asthma research roadmap, developed through the EARIP project. These 15 priorities represent the most promising areas of research to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma.

We recommend the 15 asthma research priorities identified by EARIP are used to not only guide Asthma + Lung UK’s funding decisions but all asthma research funders both in the UK and internationally over the next five years.

Download Asthma + Lung UK Research Strategy: 2016-2021, is available as a PDF document 

  • Our governance

Asthma + Lung UK has a strong reputation amongst the research community for having an extensive and robust review process, which takes into account not only the views of world-leading researchers but also people with asthma.

Funding decisions are overseen by our Council of Trustees based on the recommendations of our Research Review Panel. This panel comprises UK leaders in asthma research, research-active clinicians, and a group of Asthma + Lung UK's Research and Policy volunteers, all of whom who have received training from Asthma + Lung UK's Research team.

All members of the Research Review Panel adhere to a Conflicts of Interest Policy which is in place to protect and preserve the panel when discussing and reviewing research funding applications.

Full details of the current membership of our Research Review Panel can be downloaded as a PDF document.

Research Ethics

Asthma + Lung UK will only support research of the highest quality carried out to the highest standards. We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities, which audits our processes and policies every 5 years to ensure compliance. More detail on our research ethics is available on our Research Ethics page

We support high-quality research carried out to the highest standards

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