International Respiratory Coalition


Toolkits, funding information and other resources designed to support emerging and established national-level IRC coalitions

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Toolkits for national-level coalitions

National-level IRC coalitions can access a range of helpful tools to support their progress. This includes: the IRC Manifesto and associated materials, communications toolkit, policy toolkit, best practice examples and materials from other coalition partners. These toolkits can only be accessed by official members using a password supplied by the IRC Project Manager.

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There are two types of funding applications available to national coalitions:

  • Seed funding

    Are you eligible for seed funding to support the development of your coalition?

    The IRC offers seed funding to national-level coalitions who are not yet well established (categorised as stage 1). Seed funding is available to support:

    • Administrating the set up and governance of the IRC national coalition.
    • Realisation of supporting projects specific to the development of the IRC national coalition and/or the reparation of a grant request.
    • Onboarding of further organisations to reach the criteria for a stage 2 coalition.


    Criteria for seed funding:

    • A minimum of three organisations.
    • Must have representation from healthcare professionals, patients and scientists.
    • Acceptance of the standard terms and conditions for IRC grants.


    The maximum amount of seed funding available per qualifying coalition is €2,000.

    Read the full terms and conditions of this grant.


    Apply now

    If you would like to apply for seed funding, please complete the application form and email to, ensuring you include any additional supporting documents noted within the form.

  • Part funding for national coalition IRC projects

    Larger grants are available for IRC national coalitions to work on strategic projects that will support the objectives of the IRC. In order to be eligible to apply, your coalition must have:

    • A minimum of five organisations.
    • Representation from healthcare professionals, patients, scientists and policymakers. A policymaker is defined as someone who has influence on decision making locally or nationally. (Note, economic expertise/representation is not mandatory as part of the coalition but is strongly advised.)


    Guidelines for coalitions applying for part-funding:

    • Projects must clearly support the strategy/roadmap presented by the IRC national coalition and must be evidence based, scientifically robust, patient-centric, and aligned with the IRC ambition and Manifesto.
    • Applications must offer clear milestones and measurable KPIs with given periods.
    • The IRC will part-support projects with a grant of up to €50,000 (Note: the grant will not exceed 80% contribution to the overall budget of the project).
    • Administration of the project should include timely reporting to the IRC grant assessment body.
    • Only one application should be made to IRC in any one fiscal period (single or multi project).
    • Projects should include a transparent budget aligned to fair market value and annual financial reports.
    • Where a grant application has been successful, the grant will be paid in instalments based on achievements and milestones set out by the IRC grant assessment committee, subject to the nature of the project.


    Full terms and conditions will be made available upon application.


    Apply now

    If you would like to apply for part funding for your IRC project, please complete the attached form and email to, ensuring you include any additional supporting documents noted within the form.


Examples of existing national strategies

There are many examples of strong and impactful coalitions both at the national and international level. We recommend new national-level coalitions look to some well-established respiratory coalitions for inspiration:

United Kingdom

Find out more about the five-year strategy from the UK’s Task Force for Lung Health – a collaboration between experts in lung health, including patients, healthcare professionals and academics.


Find out more about France’s General Assembly of Respiratory Health, led by the Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française in partnership with other national organisations.


An overview presentation of the Portuguese National Programme for Respiratory Diseases (2012-2022) as shared in the IRC Summit on June 2022.