Research Grants

Research grants are intended to encourage the development of new information that contributes to the understanding of the basic etiology and pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis.

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Research grants are intended to support basic science research. Studies may be carried out at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient levels. To be considered, proposals must be hypothesis-driven and provide sufficient preliminary data to justify Cystic Fibrosis Foundation support.

For Spring submissions, support is available for $150,000 per year (plus 12% for indirect costs) for up to three years, at which time a grant may be competitively renewed for additional funding.

Priority will be placed on those projects that propose to better understand the mechanisms behind disease pathophysiology and to develop strategies to prevent or treat CF. Projects proposing interventional clinical studies must not be submitted through this funding mechanism and should instead be submitted as a Clinical Research Award or Clinical Pilot and Feasibility Award.

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) Research Grant 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

Applicants may submit only one Research Grant application in 2024 (either Spring or Fall cycle).

Please review the Spring 2024 Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information.


Spring cycle applications: May 2, 2024

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 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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