Research Proposal Information

Guidelines and timelines for
proposal application, review, and evaluation.

Research Proposal Information

The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer is committed to helping patients with lung cancer live better lives and researchers find new treatments and therapies. One way the organization’s central mission is achieved is through collecting and storing patient data in a registry for researchers to use and analyze. At the registry, the patient data is aggregated to enable researchers to study trends and patterns. This can lead to research that will drive better patient care and improved patient outcomes.

We focus on supporting lung cancer patients through education, research, and empowerment. The foundation ensures that the patients and their families are knowledgeable about their futures and have the guidance and support to help them. The registry empowers patients through donation of their data and fills a critical gap in the need for patient-reported outcomes.


Program Information

This program is designed to support researchers pursuing discoveries and medical breakthroughs so that new treatments can be found to improve the lives of lung cancer patients. Patient data is collected globally and can be accessed and utilized worldwide by approved researchers.

Review of Proposals

The lung cancer registry is grateful to receive all research proposals. All proposals are carefully analyzed for their quality, scientific merit, and originality of ideas. Additionally, innovation and appropriate risk-taking are encouraged in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs.

Reviewers will evaluate proposals fairly, objectively, and without prejudice. Specific proposals, fields of study, methods or research, or disciplines will not be discriminated against in any way by reviewers or by the Lung Cancer Registry. All proposals are reviewed under the same criteria and graded on the same scale.

The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer will first review submitted proposals with its review committee to check for completeness and appropriateness. The American Lung Association (ALA) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) will then recommend individuals with scientific expertise to consider the scientific depth of proposals to see its intuitiveness, practicality, and potential future implications to the registry and lung cancer overall. Each party will discuss the quality of proposals and come to an approval or denial decision.

After completing their proposal evaluations, reviewers may sometimes give confidential general feedback to applicants. The reviewers will not provide specific ideas or ways to improve proposals and will not directly or indirectly redesign any part of proposals.

Applicants will receive approval or denial notifications via email within 90 days from the time the Lung Cancer Registry receives the proposal submission.

Research Funding

Researchers need to secure funding to support their research. If researchers are unable to do so, they can request a discussion with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer about funding. GO2 may be able to identify potential funding sources and partnerships.

A statement of work will be required for all surveys. The cost of building a survey will vary, depending on its size. Pricing generally falls into scale as follows:

  • Small = $5,000
  • Medium = $25,000
  • Large = $50,000.

To determine total cost, the Lung Cancer Registry will assess the requirements for each research project and create a scope of work that includes survey creation, program management, data curation, recruitment costs analysis, and any other items or services required.

Proposal Criteria

Section 1: Significance and Relevance to GO2, ALA & IASLC

  1. Importance of the subject and its hypothesis.
  2. Importance of proposed research findings; how it will benefit the GO2 or its members.
  3. The relevance to lung cancer and mission.

Section 2: Researcher

  1. Training and experience in the proposed techniques.
  2. Is it something that is actually feasible and has a good degree of reliability in producing results?
  3. Adequate, but reasonable, time allotted to complete the proposed project.
  4. Availability of expertise required to complete the project with a high degree of quality.
  5. Letters of recommendation.
  6. Credibility of the group that made the proposal.
  7. Prior awards/funding received.

Section 3: Innovation

  1. Original and new concepts/approaches presented?
  2. Improvements upon existing approaches?

Section 4: Approach

  1. Appropriateness of proposal.
  2. Feasibility of proposal.
  3. Preliminary data.
  4. Addresses potential problems and ways to solve them.
  5. Clear rationale for the experiment.

Section 5: Safety

  1. Clear showing of who/what will be studied and how they will be studied.
  2. Methods of study are documented and approved.
  3. Follows human ethics standards.
  4. Determination of whether IRB approval is required. If required, application includes whether IRB approval has been obtained or is pending.

Proposal Evaluation

Process Overview & Timeline

If eligible, researcher approved to be part of the registry within two weeks of request.
Acknowledgement of receipt of study proposal emailed within 14 days of submission.
Proposal reviewed by committee and advisory council within 60 days of submission.
Researcher notified of approval or denial within 90 days of submission.

Before Proposal Submission

  • Researcher requests approval to be part of the registry.
  • GO2 approves researcher within two weeks.

Proposal Submission

  • Researcher submits study proposal and completes online application.
  • Within 14 days, GO2 notifies researcher that proposal was received.

Review Process

  • GO2 confirms researcher completed all necessary fields on the online application form.
  • If any fields are incomplete or require more information, GO2 notifies researcher.
  • Within 60 days of receiving completed submission, GO2 coordinates call with review committee and advisory council, which includes representatives from GO2, ALA and IASLC and individuals on the registry's advisory council. Note: IASLC and ALA can recommend individuals with scientific expertise on study subject.
  • Prior to the review call, each party reviews the application and comes prepared with feedback and a decision of approval or denial.
  • Within 90 days of proposal submission, GO2 sends researcher an approval or denial email.

After Approved Study Completion

  • Researchers are encouraged to submit study findings to the IASLC Journal of Thoracic Oncology. (Acceptance to the journal cannot be guaranteed.)
  • Researchers must acknowledge any use of the Lung Cancer Registry in any publication or presentations and any use of online access is subject to the Lung Cancer Registry terms and conditions and professional terms and conditions.
  • Study findings must also acknowledge partners GO2, IASLC, and ALA.