As a result of funding constraints on governmental agencies in the United States and other countries, coupled with the growing interest in cystic fibrosis research, occasions arise in which highly meritorious grant applications are submitted to these governmental agencies but are not funded. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation does not intend to assume the role of the National Institutes of Health (
Support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is intended to provide for the development of preliminary data to make CF-related grant applications highly competitive at the NIH (or in review processes of governmental funding agencies in other countries).
To be considered for this program, applications must have been submitted to:
NIH as an R01 and fall within the upper 40th percentile
Governmental funding agencies in other countries with an NIH R01-equivalent funding program that provides reviewer critiques and a report indicating the application scored in the upper 40th percentile.
In both cases, the applications must be able to be resubmitted to the funding agency within one year of receiving a CFF/NIH R01-Unfunded Award to be eligible for consideration.
Note: Fellowship applications and other funding mechanisms other than R01 (or equivalent) do not qualify for this program.
The CF Foundation offers funding of up to $125,000 per year for up to two years. (Indirect costs are not allowable.)
Policies and Guidelines
Please review the 2022 Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information.
Applications must be submitted online at awards.cff.org by 5 p.m. ET on December 15 of every year.
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 Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Direct Inquiries to:
Grants and Contracts Office
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
4550 Montgomery Ave.
Suite 1100 N
Bethesda, MD 20814