Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Awards

The Postdoc-to-Faculty transition award is designed to support postdoctoral research fellows during their cystic fibrosis fellowship and aid in their transition to an independent research faculty position.

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Awards can provide individuals up to five years of combined support for their research training (maximum of three years) and the initiation of their independent research career (two years). Candidates for this award can be identified any time during the first four years of their postdoctoral fellowship. 

This award is intended to provide an opportunity for promising postdoctoral fellows to hone research skills, develop into independent investigators and initiate an independent CF research program. Projects supported by this award may include research at the sub-cellular, cellular, animal or patient levels.

Stipends for this award are based on years of postdoctoral experience. Research support of $15,000 per year is available during the postdoctoral training phase of the award. The faculty phase of the award includes $80,000 for salary support and $30,000 for research support. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Applicants seeking to submit proposals focused on topics such as the restoration of CFTR protein function or approaches to fix/replace the defective CFTR gene should apply through the Path to a Cure (PTAC) Postdoc-to-Faculty Award Program. Topics for the PTAC program include, but are not limited to, characterization of rare CFTR mutations, nonsense modulation, gene editing/replacement strategies, and characterizing cellular targets for CFTR correction.

Policies and Guidelines

Please review the 2023 Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information. 


2023 cycle applications: December 7, 2023


Applications must be submitted online at by 5 p.m. ET on the aforementioned deadline.

For More Information

Those who are interested in any funding programs offered by the Cystic Fibrosis 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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