Research Noticeboard

Full of useful reminders of grant deadlines, conferences and workshops, this is your go-to page for important information to progress your research.

  • Funding calls

    Cystic Fibrosis Trust funding schemes

    • Strategic Research Centres:       CLOSED     Call will re-open in 2022
    • Summer Studentships:                CLOSED     Call will re-open in 2022
    • Venture and Innovation Award:  OPEN      No deadline

    For more information on the Trust's funding schemes, see our Apply for Funding page.

    MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship

    We would like to encourage clinicians working in CF research to apply for an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship, jointly funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Medical Research Council.

    The purpose of this fellowship is to provide an opportunity for the scientific training of a young clinician who wishes to pursue research into the pathogenesis and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Through this co-funded clinical training fellowship, the Trust particularly wishes to support translational research that is likely to have an impact on the clinical care of people with CF in the near future. 

    Applicants should apply as part of the open competition, and upload a ‘joint funding application form’ as part of their covering letter. 

    The next call will open on 23 July, and the deadline for applications will be 1 September 2021. For more information please see the MRC website.

    Partnering with Diabetes UK project grant round on atypical diabetes

    Diabetes UK have published a highlight notice on ‘Understanding the pathogenesis of diabetes that develops atypically, or in minority populations’ for their project grant funding scheme. We have become a funding partner for this call and would like to encourage applications relating to CF related diabetes. The call opened mid-July and the deadline for applications is 1 December 2021.

    Better understanding of the pathogenesis of diabetes that develops atypically or in minority populations has been identified by Diabetes UK’s Diabetes Research Steering Groups as an under-researched area of strategic importance. The scientific insights that can be gained by investigating these groups will inform understanding of the causes, diagnosis, treatment and management of diabetes both within these groups and in the general population more broadly, highlighting the need for research in this area.

    Highlight notice

    More information

  • Events

    The following events may be of interest to researchers working in the field of cystic fibrosis.

    If you are a Trust-funded researcher, please let us know if you are presenting your research at a conference, by contacting us on .

    UK CF Conference (UKCFC) 2021 

    Showcase of CF research, Wednesday 12 May 2021

    The UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference took place online on Wednesday 12 May 2021, and is available to watch again from our website.

    Watch again

    The conference showcased the research that the Trust is funding along the themes of CF lung infections, understanding and treating symptoms and complications of CF, and tackling the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.

    European CF Society (ECFS) 2021/22

    Basic Science Meeting – webinars in July and October 2021 and meeting on 30 March – 2 April 2022

    Due to the pandemic, a series of three webinars will take place in 2021 and the next meeting scheduled is now scheduled for 30 March – 2 April 2022.

    • Webinar 3 on 13 October 2021: Other channels that modify CFTR containing epithelia

    Please check the ECFS website for more updates when they become available.

    ECFS Digital-only Conference – 9–12 June 2021

    The ECFS Conference in 2021 was fully digital and took place from 9–12 June 2021. Registered delegates can access the online conference platform and all of the talks presented until 12 September 2021.

    ECFS Conference in 2022 will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 8- 11 June 2022. Abstract submission deadline is 14 January 2022.

    More information about the conference can be found on the ECFS website

    North American CF Conference (NACFC) 2021

    30 September – 2 October 2021

    This annual meeting brings together scientists, clinicians, and caregivers from around the world to discuss and share ideas on the latest advances in CF research, care, and drug development and to exchange ideas about ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with CF. NACFC 2021 will be an in-person event in San Antonio, and also available online.

    • Late breaking abstract submissions will be open between 12 - 26 July (standard abstract submission has closed)
    • Registration for the conference is now open, with early bird registration for onsite attendance closing on 31 July. (Online registration is a flat rate)

    Visit NACFC website

    NACFC was an online only event in the autumn of 2020, many of the talks are available to watch again on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's NACFC YouTube channel

  • Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF)

    An Early Career Research Forum (ECRF) for all early career scientists funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has recently been launched. It offers an opportunity to increase collaboration and interaction between the different research programmes funded by the Trust and to allow early career scientists a chance to discuss their work/research questions with their peers. It consists of a seminar series and an online networking platform. In the seminar series early career researchers are given the opportunity to present their work to their peers and hear talks on professional development topics such as science communication, successful fellowship applications etc.

    Next seminar - to be confirmed.

    Previous seminars:

    • February: Tips on Science Communication, Dr Belinda Cupid, Cystic Fibrosis Trust
    • July: 'Exploring the diverse roles of extracellular DNA in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms' Dr Laura Nolan, Imperial College London 


    Please contact Dr Catriona Kelly, to register your interest in participating in the ECRF.

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