Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE)

As people with cystic fibrosis live longer, there is a growing demand for physicians who are trained to address the unique medical needs of adults with CF and a need for greater participation from adult care programs in the clinical research enterprise.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is recruiting another cohort of caregivers to the Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE) to expand the scope of adult care programs and increase the number of adult care providers. The expansion of PACE is made possible with generous support from the Stephanie Shafir Fund for Adult Care Excellence.

Accordingly, the CF Foundation has released this Request for Applications for PACE training awards to physicians interested in developing expertise in the care of adults with CF.

Awardees will receive funding of up to $38,435 per year for three years to include:

  • Salary of .15 FTE (full-time equivalent) up to the federal salary cap ($221,900 in 2024) plus fringe benefits
  • Travel up to $4,500/year for the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) and any in-person PACE meetings
  • NACFC registration of $650/year
  • Indirect costs up to 12% 

General Guidelines and Eligibility

  • Previous PACE awardees are ineligible to apply unless the award was relinquished because of a change of institutions.
  • All applicants must either be a citizen of the United States or legal resident of the United States with career plans to remain working in the United States.
  • Adult primary care physicians and adult pulmonologists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be physicians trained in internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics or family medicine.
  • Applicants must have less than five years of clinical experience in CF care, exclusive of training.
  • The sponsoring institution must have a Foundation-accredited CF care center with an existing adult CF program or meet the requirements for an adult program (at least 20 CF patients who are ages 18 years or older).
  • A letter of support from the applicant's Division Chief or equivalent must be included in the application to confirm that the applicant will have adequate protected time to participate fully in the program.  

Please see individual award policies and guidelines for additional guidelines and eligibility criteria. Eligibility requirements vary by award type. 

Policies and Guidelines

Please review the Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information.


Application deadline: Rolling through November 1, 2024

Applications must be submitted online through the Grants Management System at by 5 p.m. ET.

For More Information

Those who are interested in any funding programs offered by the CF Foundation may get further information, or discuss the potential relevance of their studies or research by contacting the Grants and Contracts Management and Administration (GCMA) Office at

Please Direct Inquiries to:

GCMA Office
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
4550 Montgomery Ave.
Suite 1100N
Bethesda, MD 20814

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