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Grant Review Process

Applications for all awards are first reviewed and scored by members of the IASLC's Career Development and Fellowship Committee. Using a nine-point rating scale adapted from the NIH's grant rating scale, reviewers score applications based on the criteria provided below. 

Each application receives a score from each reviewer (three per application) on the following areas of the application:

Application Section

Review Criteria

Statement of Significance

  • Is the proposal original?
  • Will these results significantly improve the application of knowledge of lung cancer?

Applicant Statement

  • Is the candidate committed to a career in lung cancer research?
  • Does the candidate have basic training related to the project proposed?

Project Background

  • Is the project within the scope of the ILC Foundation's funding priorities?
  • Are the project’s hypotheses strong and testable?

Specific Aims

  • Are the specific aims reasonable?


  • Is the methodology reasonable to accomplish the objectives?


  • Can the project be completed in the 1-year time frame?

Each application also receives an overall score from each judge on the following criteria:

  • Potential of the candidate
  • Scientific merit of the project
  • Significance of the project
  • Institutional support

The maximum number of points awarded by each reviewer is 90 (9 points available for each of the scoring criteria listed above). The maximum number of total points awarded to an application (total of points from all reviewers, also known as the Total Score) is 270.