Idea Development Award

The Idea Development Award is intended to support work that leads to sufficient project development to enable an application for future research funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. 

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s investigator-initiated Clinical Research Programs aim to provide support for academic clinical research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to the Foundation’s mission. Academic clinical research projects may address diagnosis, treatment, management of disease or symptom, or the pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis using clinical (observational or interventional), translational, or epidemiologic study approaches. 

Planning an impactful clinical or translational study may require the development of a multi-disciplinary study team, scientific advisory committee, or require other informational gathering approaches to enhance idea generation and protocol development. Grant support to thoroughly plan and optimize study design greatly increases the likelihood of a study’s success.

That is why the Foundation has created the Idea Development Award. The award is intended to support work that leads to sufficient project development to enable the principal investigator (PI) to prepare an application for future research funding through a CF Foundation or National Institutes of Health funding opportunity (or equivalent).

To develop a large, multi-center clinical research study, the awardee may receive support that includes — but is not limited to — the following:

  • meeting/workshop/travel support for the study team and collaborators
  • establishment of the research team
  • development of study design
  • finalization of protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • obtaining regulatory approval(s)
  • collection of feasibility assessments or feedback obtained through surveys and/or focus groups with people with CF, their families, or others in the research community

Researchers are highly encouraged to utilize Foundation resources, including National Resource Centers and Community Voice (see Section I of the Policies and Guidelines) during the award period. 

The CF Foundation offers funding of up to $50,000 for one year. (Indirect costs up to 12% are allowable.)

Policies and Guidelines

The 2023 Policies and Guidelines are being revised and will be republished soon. 


Deadline will be updated when guidelines are republished.

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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