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Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Inc.

(also known as FAMRI)

201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 1310

Miami, FL United States 33131-4333

Telephone: (305) 379-7007


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-09-30)

Assets: $101,741,202

Total giving: $8,430,266






Established in 2000 in FL - Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) was established as a result of a Class Action suit brought on behalf of non-smoking flight attendants in October 1991 in Dade County Circuit Court (Miami) against the tobacco industry. The suit sought damages for diseases and deaths caused to flight attendants by exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in airline cabins. The settlement included the establishment of a not-for-profit medical research foundation with funding by the tobacco industry of $300 million

Purpose and Activities

FAMRI's mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early diagnosis, and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused from exposure to tobacco smoke.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Clinical Innovator Awards

The Clinical Innovator Awards (CIA) program was established to stimulate novel medical and clinical scientific research studies on the effects of exposure to tobacco smoke and to foster innovative breakthroughs as well as creative collaborations through these grants. The award will provide $100,000 per year for up to three years with the possibility of a no-cost extension for one year. Researchers with an advanced degree (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or the equivalent) who work in nonprofit institutions with United States affiliation, such as an academic medical center, are eligible to apply. FAMRI will not support individuals who have current or pending funding from, or association with, the tobacco industry. Start date of the award is July 1. Additional application information, including proposal submission form, is available on foundation web site. .

Young Clinical Scientist Award

The purpose of the FAMRI Young Clinical Scientist Award (YCSA) program is to help prepare and support new clinical investigators with a M.D. or Ph.D. as they begin their careers as independent researchers. The program is limited to the development of young researchers in smoking-related disorders. FAMRI will not support individuals who have current or pending funding from, or other associations with, the tobacco industry. Fellowship awardees will receive up to two years support at the fellowship level and can then be transferred to a faculty level award for the following three years. During the fellowship period, the total annual award will be up to $75,000. It is expected that fellowship awardees will obtain faculty appointments within 24 months of receiving the award. Faculty awardees will receive $100,000 per year for direct costs. The award will be made for three years. The majority of awardees will be renewed for another two years, for a total of five years of support. Additional application information, including proposal submission forms, are available on foundation web site .

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Environmental health
  • Health
  • Mental health care
  • Public health
  • Respiratory system diseases
  • Science
  • Smoking
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-09-30

Assets: $101,741,202 (market value)

Expenditures: $8,098,177

Total giving: $8,430,266

Qualifying distributions: $10,339,253