Where the money goes


Every day, on average, we take more than 22,000 breaths. For some people, just one breath is a challenge.

At least one in four Australians has a lung disease and it is responsible for 14% of all Australian deaths. Despite this research into lung disease is significantly under-funded relative to other disease areas.

To address this research gap, Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to form an initiative called Lungs for Life to attract more research funding into lung disease.

Research in lung disease is significantly underfunded, receiving only 5.5%[i] of funding from the Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Australia’s lead health research funding body.  Only 5% of all direct tumour specific funding goes to lung cancer, despite lung cancer being the biggest cancer killer.[ii]

Research is one of the most effective ways to improve the prevention, detection, treatment and management of lung disease.  We are dedicated to finding cures for different lung diseases through funding world-class lung research in Australia.

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[i] https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/research-funding-statistics-and-data

[ii] Cancer Australia, Cancer Research in Australia: an overview of funding to cancer research projects and research programs in Australia 2006-2011 (Sydney: Cancer Australia, 2014)