Venture and Innovation Awards

Venture and Innovation Awards (VIAs) support transformational and innovative research projects by providing financial support and bringing funding into the field of cystic fibrosis (CF) from external sources.

What is a Venture and Innovation Award (VIA)?

Venture and Innovation Awards allow short-term projects to take advantage of innovative opportunities and are designed to leverage additional funding. For every pound spent by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to fund a VIA, an additional four pounds has been leveraged from an external agency.

We have funded VIAs with leverage from a range of external agencies, such as industry bodies, research councils, the National Institute for Health Research and biomedical research charities.

We recently funded VIAs in the areas of tackling the underlying cause of CFunderstanding and treating the symptoms of CF and lung infection.

Applying for a VIA

The VIA programme is structured as a competitive leverage funding programme, where funds are only awarded following the success of an application to an external funding body. External funding bodies include government funding bodies, academic institutions and other medical research charities where applications undergo peer review.

We have four VIA application rounds per year. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on the first Monday of the following months:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Outcomes will typically be communicated within four weeks of submission.

We agree VIA funding in principle prior to submission of external funding body applications. It is therefore essential that you contact us well in advance of your submission, taking into consideration the application deadlines above.

The VIA programme relies on the science being peer reviewed by the external funding body, thus we can only consider applications where this peer review will take place. For industry awards, we request evidence of internal review prior to awarding funding – please contact us for the process.

If you wish to apply for a VIA, please contact us for the application template: researchgrants@cysticfibrosis.org.uk.

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