Academic Funding Opportunities

We offer awards for cystic fibrosis research and for professional development and training. Below is a list of current and upcoming funding opportunities.

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As of May 2021, no applications will be accepted through the proposalCENTRAL portal. All CF Foundation-supported awards can be found in our new grants management system at awards.cff.org.

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Independent Research Funding Opportunities

Pilot and Feasibility Award

Purpose: To support (non-Path to a Cure related) basic science research studies focused on developing and testing new hypotheses in areas relevant to cystic fibrosis.

Funding: $50,000/year + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Path to a Cure Pilot and Feasibility Award

Purpose: To support basic science research studies focused on developing and testing new hypotheses in areas relevant to the Path to a Cure Initiative (see guidelines for areas of interest).

Funding: $50,000/year + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Clinical Pilot and Feasibility Award

Purpose: To enable investigators to collect sufficient preliminary data to determine the best strategies and methods for approaching a major question that ultimately will require assessment through a larger scale research and/or multi-center, collaborative clinical trial.

Funding: $80,000/year + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines:

  • Fall: LOI March, full application August
  • Spring: LOI August, full application January
Research Grants

Purpose: To support (non-Path to a Cure related) basic science research that will provide new insights that contribute to the understanding of the basic etiology and pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis.

Funding: $150,000/year + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Path to a Cure Research Grants

Purpose: To support basic science research that may enable the development of new therapies that directly impact CFTR function (see guidelines for areas of interest).

Funding: $150,000/year + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Clinical Research Award

Purpose: To provide support for investigator-initiated clinical research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission. Research projects may address diagnosis, treatment, management of disease or symptom, or the pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis, using clinical, (observational/interventional), translational, or epidemiologic study approaches.

Funding: $150,000 - $350,000 + 12% indirect costs

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines:

  • Fall: LOI March, full application August
  • Spring: LOI August, full application January
CFF/NIH R01/R21 Unfunded Award

Purpose: To provide bridge funding for CF-relevant R01/R21 (or equivalent) applications that were submitted to NIH (or other governmental agencies) that scored in the 40th percentile but were not awarded by the funding agency.

Funding: $125,000/year (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: up to 2 years or until NIH funding is secured

Deadlines: Rolling

Clinical Research Award+ Concept Proposal & Planning Grant (Invite-only RFA)

Purpose: To support the planning of large, multi-center, investigator-initiated clinical research studies that require a higher funding level and longer periods of time than what is offered through the Clinical Research Award (CRA) funding mechanism.

Funding: Variable

Duration: Variable

Deadlines: Rolling

Training, Career Development, and Mentored Research Funding Opportunities

Student Traineeship Award

Purpose: To introduce students to cystic fibrosis research and encourage them to remain engaged in the field.

Funding: $4,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 10-weeks to 1 year

Deadlines: Rolling

Travel Award Supplement

Purpose: To support PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty to participate in off-site training to learn new research skills and techniques to advance their research.

Funding: $3,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: Variable

Deadlines: Rolling

Student Loan Repayment Program
(Only for awardees with active Clinical Fellowships, LeRoy Matthews Awards, Harry Shwachman Awards, DIGEST awards, and EnVision awards)

Purpose: To offer eligible awardees assistance with student loan payments for educational loans acquired in the pursuit of a graduate-level degree.

Funding: up to $14,000 + 25% offset

Duration: one-time payment/eligible year

Deadlines: Rolling

Postdoctoral Fellows (Ph.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or equivalent terminal degree)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

Purpose: To support (non-Path to a Cure related) postdoctoral research training related to cystic fibrosis.

Funding: $63,350 first year (indirect costs not allowed) 

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Path to a Cure Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

Purpose: To support postdoctoral research training in topics related to the CFF Path to a Cure Initiative (see guidelines for areas of interest).

Funding: $63,350 first year (indirect costs not allowed) 

Duration: 2 years

Deadlines: May & December

Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Awards

Purpose: To support postdoctoral research fellows pursuing non-Path to a Cure related research during their fellowship and aid in their transition to an independent research faculty position.

Funding: $68,850 - $80,500 first year (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 3 – 5 years

Deadlines: December

Path to a Cure Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Award

Purpose: To support postdoctoral research fellows pursuing research directly related to a Path to a Cure priority during their fellowship and aid in their transition to an independent research faculty position.

Funding: $68,850 - $80,500 first year (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 3 – 5 years

Deadlines: December

Clinical Fellows (M.D., D.O., or equivalent clinical degree)

1st and 2nd Year Clinical Fellowships

Purpose: To encourage specialized training of physicians in the early career development stage and to prepare well-qualified candidates for medical careers related to CF.

Funding: $62,000 - $69,500 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 1-2 years

Deadlines: March

3rd, 4th, and 5th Year Clinical Fellowships

Purpose: To encourage specialized training and clinical research of physicians in the early career development stage and to prepare well-qualified candidates for medical careers related to CF.

Funding: $100,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 1-2 years

Deadlines: February

LeRoy Matthews Physician-Scientist Award

Purpose: To encourage outstanding newly trained internists and pediatricians to enhance clinical proficiency in CF-related subspecialties and to develop the necessary research capabilities to become independent biomedical investigators.

Funding: $70,000 - $100,000 first year (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 3-6 years

Deadlines: February

Junior Faculty Independent Investigator

Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award

Purpose: To provide the opportunity for promising, clinically trained physicians with a commitment to research to develop into independent biomedical researchers who have active involvement in CF-related areas.

Funding: $130,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: February

CFF/NIH K-Unfunded Award

Purpose: To support excellent CF-focused researchers whose projects have been submitted to and approved by the NIH but cannot be supported by available funds.

Funding: $125,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: up to 2 years or until NIH funding is secured

Deadlines: January 1 to November 3

CFF/NIH K-Boost Award

Purpose: To provide supplemental funding to qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers who have obtained K funding from the National Institutes of Health in areas that reflect the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's research priorities.

Funding: $50,000 (indirect costs not allowed)

Duration: up to 5 years/duration of the NIH K-award

Deadlines: Rolling

Clinical Research Scholars Program Award (CRSP w/LOI)

Purpose: To enable outstanding early career pediatricians and internists to enhance their clinical research proficiency and to develop the necessary clinical research capabilities to become independent investigators who formulate and lead multi-center, clinical research studies.

Funding: $39,460 – $49,460* (*first year award includes travel) 

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: LOI January, full application April

Cystic Fibrosis Statistical Expertise and Network (CF StatNet) Award (w/LOI)

Purpose: To promote greater collaborative integration of statisticians and cystic fibrosis clinical investigators.

Funding: Level of effort-based funding – refer to RFA for more details

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: LOI March, full application June

Care Enhancement and Care Team Development Funding Opportunities

Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE) Award

Purpose: To meet the growing demand for physicians trained to address the unique medical needs of adult patients with CF

Funding: $41,142 (first year)

Duration: 3 years

Developing Innovative Gastroenterology Specialty Training (DIGEST) Program

Purpose: To expand the availability of CF-GI experts trained to address the unique gastroenterologic needs of CF patients and the need for a greater GI focus in the clinical research enterprise 

Funding: $30,000 (first year)

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: TBD 2022

EnVision CF: Emerging Leaders in CF Endocrinology II Program

Purpose: To fund the training of physicians interested in developing expertise in the endocrinologic care of patients with CF

Funding: $40,000 (first year)

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: TBD 2022

Implementation of Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services: Award for a Pharmacy Technician

Purpose: To facilitate development and implementation of outpatient clinical pharmacy services at accredited CF care centers

Funding: $30,000-60,000 (first year)

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: TBD 2022

Implementation of Outpatient Physical Therapy Services

Purpose: To facilitate development and implementation of outpatient physical therapy services at accredited CF care centers

Funding: $15,000-$30,000 (first year)

Duration: 3 years

Deadlines: TBD 2022

Screening Improvement Program (SIP) for Optimizing Diagnosis of Infants

Purpose: Quality improvement (QI) awards for projects designed to improve the early diagnosis of CF through the newborn screening system and/or to improve the initial management of infants with positive screening tests and the follow-up communications with their families.

Funding: $40,000

Duration: 1 year

Deadlines: TBD 2022

 

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