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Strategic Research Centre call

2022’s Call for ‘Expression of Interest’ from researchers wishing to form a Strategic Research Centre (SRC) is now open.

Strategic Research Centres are virtual centres of research excellence and are intended to create multidisciplinary teams to address questions of strategic relevance to people with cystic fibrosis.

The purpose of the SRC programme?

The purpose of the SRC programme is to: 

  • Create clusters of internationally-competitive researchers
  • Exploit opportunities in science where synergy amongst researchers provides advantages to solve complex questions
  • Facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary research partnerships
  • Where appropriate, widen awareness of cystic fibrosis research outside the traditional biomedical disciplines and so attract high quality PIs from new research disciplines to apply their skills and knowledge to cystic fibrosis research
  • Provide an environment to recruit the brightest and best young researchers to cystic fibrosis research and foster their interest in cystic fibrosis such that they continue working in this field.

Extensive feedback from researchers and the CF community has revealed strong support for the SRC structure as a way of promoting international and multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to solve problems for people with cystic fibrosis.

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 process is required.

      How to apply

      Please read our guidance notes and our criteria for assessment when considering whether to apply. To apply, please download and complete the Expression of Interest application form and the CV template below and return them to us on by 5pm on Monday 25 April 2022. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

      Expression of interest form

      CV template

      Guidance notes

      Important dates

      • Expression of Interest (phase 1): 5pm on Monday 25 April 2022
      • Announcement of results of phase 1: mid-July 2023
      • Full proposal (stage 2) deadline: early September 2022
      • Decision: February 2023

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