CF Foundation NIH K-Boost Award

The primary purpose of the K-Boost Award is 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.

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The application can be submitted at any time during the period of K-award support. At the time the proposal is submitted, the applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (such as instructor or assistant professor) at a university, health science center, or comparable institution with strong, well-established research and training programs for the area of cystic fibrosis research interest.

During the term of the award, awardees will focus their research efforts on topics directly related to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research priorities. The goal of this program is to provide supplemental support for research costs or additional salary support for key personnel who are working on National Institutes of Health (NIH) K awards that meet these criteria. The supplement will support research that emphasizes either basic or clinical areas relevant to the Foundation's mission.

Information about CF resources may be found in the Tools and Resources section.

General Guidelines and Eligibility

U.S. residents and U.S. permanent residents are welcome to apply.

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 appropriate Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information.


Rolling deadline through December 15, 2023

Applications must be submitted online at by 5 p.m. ET.

For More Information

Those who are interested in any funding programs offered by the CF Foundation can 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 1100 N
Bethesda, MD 20814

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