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We're committed to funding research and supporting researchers at all stages of their career.  Take a look at our current opportunities and find out how to apply. 


We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our research community and that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had significant impacts on research activities. Read our statement for researchers on COVID-19.


The Trust aims to create a balanced portfolio of research programmes, with both early stage programmes and those addressing later stage clinical programmes. For the latter clinical studies, reference to the outcomes of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership is required.

Strategic Research Centres

We have set up our Strategic Research Centres (SRCs) to exploit the latest opportunities in science, encourage internationally-competitive researchers to lend their talents to cystic fibrosis (CF) research, facilitate new partnerships, widen awareness of CF research and recruit the brightest and best young researchers. Find out how you can apply for an SRC grant.

Venture and Innovation Awards

Our Venture and Innovation Awards (VIAs) provide financial support to innovative research projects and allow the Trust to bring in funding from external agencies. Find out more about applying for this stream of funding.

Summer Studentships

Our Summer Studentships provide promising medical and basic science undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the academic summer vacation, with the aim of attracting the brightest and best into a career in CF research. Find out more about how you can apply for the programme.

Our funding process and governance

Applications for Cystic Fibrosis Trust research grants undergo a rigorous external peer review system before being considered by our Strategy Implementation Board (SIB), which recommends applications for funding. Find out about our funding process and governance.

Research we fund

We fund research to tackle some of the most pressing issues in CF today. Find out how your donations are making a difference.

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs, and there are over 10,600 people living with it in the UK.

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