Overview of Grants Program

From 1995 to 2017, over 2 million dollars have been awarded for community projects and clinical or basic science research projects related to tuberculosis (TB) and chronic pulmonary problems in pediatric and adult populations.  Projects have been presented at national and international conferences, published in peer reviewed journals, and highlighted in local news conferences.  Community projects have especially enhanced clinical teaching and care of patients and families affected by TB through translation of materials into different languages, facilitating improved temporary housing conditions during infectious periods, and raising community awareness about TB topics through such venues as World TB Day.  Indirect costs are not allowed.  Our grant activities are separated into 4 parts.

  • Community Based Grants
    A primary funding focus of the Firland Foundation is community health projects, education, and advocacy programs related to tuberculosis or other chronic lung diseases.  Our goal is to support innovative programs that have a direct impact on those who are underserved and affected by or at risk of TB infection or chronic lung disease. See Community Grant Criteria and Past Community Grants for more details.
  • Research Grants
    The Firland Foundation also funds small investigator-initiated research projects in the field of tuberculosis or other chronic lung diseases. Our goal is to support research in its initial phase so that it grows to make a long-term, sustainable impact. See Research Grant Criteria and Past Research Grants for more details and examples.
  • Northrop-Park Fellowship
    In honor of Drs. Cedric Northrop and David R. Park III, the Firland Foundation supports a tuberculosis (TB) research training fellowship within the University of Washington Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program.  Dr. Northrop was the TB Controller for King County.  During the last few years of his career, Dr. Northrop also served as Washington State TB Controller.  Dr. Northrop was instrumental in establishing quarantine and detention regulations for uncooperative patients with TB in the late 1940’s. As former pulmonary and critical care physician at Harborview Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Park enthusiastically mentored fellows and clinicians in TB until his untimely death in 2016.  Dr. Park co-founded the Firland Northwest TB Center with a vision to create a center for best practices for clinical care.  His service as a Firland Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Grants Committee left an indelible stamp of high commitment to strengthen local capacity for TB research, education, and practice. See the application process and Past Fellow Awards for further information.
  • Graduate Pulmonary Nursing Fellowship
    The goal of this fellowship is to recruit and retain high caliber graduate nursing students who are committed to nursing practice, education, or research in tuberculosis (TB) or other pulmonary diseases at the University of Washington, School of Nursing. The fellowship provides up to 2 years of funding for tuition and related educational expenses, not to exceed $30,000/year. The fellowship is administered by the UW School of Nursing.

Questions regarding Grants contact–Bijan Ghassemieh (bijang@uw.edu)