Research Awards & Grants

Research Fellowships/Abstract Awards

All fellows will be selected by ARCF Trustees from researchers having high quality abstracts accepted for presentation at the AARC Congress. Since all accepted abstracts are considered no formal application is required. Under special circumstances determined by the ARCF Board of Trustees, fellowships may be awarded to highly qualified researchers identified through other sources. Visit the OPEN FORUM Call for Abstracts page for more information. Fellows will be presented awards at the AARC Awards Ceremony.

Each award consists of a plaque, airfare, one night lodging, and registration for the AARC Congress.

Charles W. Serby COPD Research Fellowship

General Information

This Fellowship was established in 2002 to promote research and education in the area of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This award is funded by a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in honor of Dr. Charles Serby’s long-standing commitment to respiratory clinical research. Recipient will receive a sculpture from Boehinger Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Past Award Recipients

  • 2019—Richard D. Rice, MEd, RRT
  • 2018—Gail S. Drescher, MA, RRT, CTTS
  • 2017—Daneen Nastars, MSc, RRT-ACCS
  • 2016—Alan H. Greene, RRT
  • 2015—Richard D. Rice, RRT, MEd
  • 2014—Kim Bennion, MHS, BSRT, RRT, CHC
  • 2013—Krystal Craddock, RRT-NPS
  • 2012—Alexandros G. Mathioudakis, MD
  • 2011—Gary Brown
  • 2010—Brain W. Carlin
  • 2009—John Seifert, PhD
  • 2008—Ann Hart, MS, RRT
  • 2007—John S. Emberger, Jr., BS, RRT
  • 2006—Anna W. Parkman, PhD, RRT
  • 2005—Marilyn Duran, PhD, RN
  • 2004—Dennis Niewoerhner, MD
  • 2003—Melchor Alvarez-Mon, MD, PhD
  • 2002—Joseph G. Dwan, MS, RRT

Philips Fellowship in Mechanical Ventilation

General Information

This fellowship is designed to foster projects dealing with mechanical ventilation, especially outside of the intensive care unit. Projects can be device development, device evaluation, cost effectiveness analysis, or education programs. This fellowship was begun in 1993 with a grant from Respironics, Inc., a major manufacturer of non-invasive ventilator technology.

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Past Award Recipients

  • 2019—Maria Madden, MS, RRT-ACCS
  • 2018—Ivan G. Lee, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, RPSGT
  • 2017—Edna Lee Warnecke, MSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS
  • 2016—Gerald Moody, BSRC, RRT-NPS
  • 2015—Dina Gomaa, BS, RRT
  • 2014—Sigurd Aarrestad, MD
  • 2013—Gerald Moody, RRT-NPS, AE-C
  • 2012—Anna C. Braga, MSc, PT
  • 2011—Thomas Blakeman
  • 2010—Matthew Callaghan
  • 2009—Arthur Taft, PhD, RRT
  • 2008—Toshihiko Agata, PhD
  • 2007—Not Awarded
  • 2006—Kaoru Konishi, PhD, RN
  • 2005—Ty Barnett
  • 2004—Sarah M. Varekojis, PhD, RRT
  • 2003—David Pavlakovich, RRT
  • 2002—Donna K. Tearl, CRT
  • 2001—Richard D. Rice, RRT
  • 2000—Susan Regg, RRT and Mark Rinaldi, RRT
  • 1999—Elizabeth A. McCleary, RRT
  • 1998—Thomas R. Nielson, BA, RRT
  • 1997—Alexander Adams, MPH, RRT
  • 1996—Teri Nikolai Wilson, RRT, RPFT
  • 1995—Richard D. Branson, RRT
  • 1994—Dan McFalls, RRT

Philips Respironics Fellowship in Non-Invasive Respiratory Care
(No longer awarded)

  • 2016—Sheila Ball, BSRT, RRT, NPS, RCP
  • 2015—Mark Siobal, BS, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
  • 2014—Zachary Gantt, RRT
  • 2013—Miri Suh, MD
  • 2012—Patricia A. Achuff, MBA, RRT-NPS
  • 2011—David N. Crotwell
  • 2010—Jerry R. Lang
  • 2009—Louis Kaufman, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • 2008—Carol T. Spada
  • 2007—Pavanasam Ramesh, MRCPCH
  • 2006—Louis Boitano, MSc, RRT
  • 2005—Carol Spada, RRT
  • 2004—Zach Frazier, BS, RRT, AE-C
  • 2003—Christine Kelly, RRT
  • 2002—David B. Pavlakovich, RRT
  • 2001—Neila Eltobilli, RRT
  • 2000—Frank Austan, RRT
  • 1999—Steven Holets, RRT, CCRA
  • 1998—Mei-Ju-Shih
  • 1997—Michael Coutts, RRT
  • 1996—Tom Belda, RRT
  • 1995—Allen G. Kendall, RRT
  • 1994—John M. Graybeal, CRTT
  • 1993—John Travaline, MD

Vyaire Fellowship for Neonatal and Pediatric Therapists

General Information

This fellowship was established in 2001 with a grant from VIASYS Healthcare, a consortium of companies manufacturing and distributing respiratory care products ranging from mechanical ventilators and comprehensive pulmonary function testing equipment to monitors and disposable products. This fellowship is designed to foster projects in the field of neonatal and pediatric critical care. Projects involving original research in mechanical ventilation issues using bench models, animal models or human subjects are encouraged.

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Past Award Recipients

  • 2019—Joel M. Brown II, RRT, FAARC
  • 2018—Robert Gillette, MD
  • 2017—Robert Gillette, MD
  • 2016—Kathryn E. Clark, BS, RRT-NPS
  • 2015—Craig Smallwood, BS, RRT
  • 2014—Howard Stein, MD
  • 2013—Robert Gillete, MD
  • 2012—Christine N. Kearney, BS, RRT
  • 2011—David Thelander
  • 2010—Cynthia C. White
  • 2009—Howard Stein, MD
  • 2008—Daniel Gavin, RRT
  • 2007—Melanie Stein, RRT
  • 2006—Kathleen Deakins, RRT-NPS
  • 2005—Katie Sabato, MS, RRT
  • 2004—Peter Betit, BS, RRT, FAARC
  • 2003—Dale Gerstman, MD
  • 2002—Brenda Batts, MPH, RRT
  • 2001—Jeanette M. Asselin, MS, RRT

Jeri Eiserman, RRT Professional Education Research Fellowship

General Information

Not awarding in 2020.

This award was funded in 2015 by a grant from the Anesthesia and Respiratory Division of Teleflex, a leading global medical device provider, in honor of Mrs. Jeri Eiserman’s dedication to advancing the respiratory care profession, and her service as an extraordinary leader, role model and educator.

This fellowship is designed to support original university hospital research in respiratory care and airway management. Projects using bench models, animal model or human subjects are encouraged.

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Past Award Recipients

  • 2019—Coral Ringer, MN, RN, CPN
  • 2018—Aya Matsushima, RRT, BSRT
  • 2017—Linda C. Schofield, PhD, RN
  • 2016—Robert T. Dailey, MHA, RRT
  • 2015—Robert Bayer, RRT

Research Grants

Research funds are available to qualified investigators in the field of respiratory care.

NBRC Frederic Helmholz, Jr., MD Educational Research Fund

The National Board for Respiratory Care has provided an endowment to the American Respiratory Care Foundation to support up to $5,000 for educational or credentialing research.

General Information

Research Plan

A Master’s Thesis, or Doctoral Dissertation with practical value to the respiratory care profession are acceptable submissions by a candidate. Others may submit a complete research proposal for consideration. This award consists of cash, certificate of recognition, airfare, one night lodging and registration for AARC Congress.

Applicants for a grant from this endowment will be required to submit a proposal in a format prescribed by the American Respiratory Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Applications are accepted from January 1–June 1. For more information on the application process, print out a copy of the application and the research plan, or contact the

ARCF Executive Office
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd #100
Irving, TX 75063-4706

Phone: (972) 243-2272

Past Award Recipients

  • 2019—Mohammed Alqahtani, MS, RRT
  • 2018—Not Awarded
  • 2017—Not Awarded
  • 2016—Not Awarded
  • 2015—Monica Schibig
  • 2014—Kathy S. Myers Moss, MEd, RRT-ACCS
  • 2013—Not Awarded
  • 2012—Not Awarded
  • 2011—Not Awarded
  • 2010—Not Awarded
  • 2009—Not Awarded
  • 2008—Andrea Kristin Bushy, MA

Parker B. Francis Respiratory Research Grant

The Parker B. Francis Foundation has provided an endowment to the American Respiratory Care Foundation to make funds available to provide financial assistance for research programs dealing with respiratory care and related topics.

General Information

Grant Application
Grant Information and Instructions

The principal investigator may be a physician or respiratory care practitioner. However, a respiratory care practitioner must be the co-principal investigator if a physician is the principal applicant. The amount and frequency of this award is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the American Respiratory Care Foundation and dependent upon the quality of the proposals.

Applications are accepted from September 1–December 31.
Complete details are provided in the Grant Information and Instructions.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2012—Arzu Ari

Jerome M. Sullivan Research Fund

The fund was established to stimulate original research contributions by respiratory care practitioners to the body of knowledge comprising respiratory care. The fund was created by a grant from Jerome M. Sullivan, the 1990 President of the AARC.

General Information

Grant Information and Instructions

In general, proposals for either applied clinical research or basic research in respiratory care and cardiopulmonary medicine will be considered. This will include research studies in the theory and practice of respiratory care and respiratory care management and education. A respiratory care practitioner must be designated as principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

The amount and frequency of this award is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the American Respiratory Care Foundation and dependent upon the quality of the proposals.

Applications are accepted from September 1–December 31. Complete details are provided in the Grant Information and Instructions.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2012—Arzu Ari

The above listed awards, grants and fellowships may have tax implications to the recipient. Depending on the circumstance and filing requirements, an information tax form (i.e. 1099) may or may not be issued from the ARCF. In any case, we recommend that all recipients consult with their tax advisor to ensure compliance with IRS regulations.