Criteria for assessment

The Strategic Research Centre (SRC) applications will be assessed on the following issues:

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What makes a good SRC application?

  • The question being addressed is clear and is of strategic relevance to the Trust.
  • The lead PI has an excellent track record and has the ability to manage multi-investigator led research programmes.
  • The best possible multidisciplinary team has been assembled, from different institutions, nationally and internationally
  • The anticipated outcomes, and the benefits these will bring to people with CF, are clear.
  • There are clear training opportunities for the young career scientists employed on the grant.
  • As detailed in our research strategy, funding by the Trust for research needs to demonstrate attention to the SCORE principles.

Additional factors that will be considered are:

  • A plan for longer term sustainability following the end of the grant
  • Whether the SRC brings additional (non-Cystic Fibrosis Trust funded) resources to the centre.

What are the SCORE principles?

  • Strategic: demonstrate exceptional relevance to one or more strategic priority.
  • Collaborative: demonstrate the clear added-value of bringing a group of researchers together to tackle a major concern in cystic fibrosis.
  • Outcome-focused: demonstrate a clear understanding of the potential impact of the programme of work on cystic fibrosis outcomes.
  • Risk-based: we plan to manage a balanced research portfolio of varying risks: high risk vs lower risk and basic vs applied sciences.
  • Excellence-driven: scientifically excellent and conducted by an internationally leading research team

Research we fund

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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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