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Cystic Fibrosis Programs

Every day, people living with cystic fibrosis strive (CF) to live their best life. From exercise, to education, to the management of their day-to-day care, people with CF and their loved ones embrace the adversity they face and meet challenges head-on.

Our Programs

Vertex has established programs to foster the pursuit of higher education, help people with CF live active lives, and support innovative clinical research that may improve the care of patients with CF.

Team Impact CF Project, Sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals

This sponsorship matches courageous kids living with life-threatening, life-shortening and chronic illnesses, such as CF, as honorary, active members of college athletic teams local to where they live. Each child is "signed" onto a team and becomes an official member of the team from their Draft Day through to Graduation. Just as the child joins the athletic team, the student athletes join the child's support team. The highest level of involvement occurs during the regular season for each sport, but members of the team remain involved with the child throughout the year for approximately two to three years.

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ALL in for CF Scholarships Program

Vertex's ALL in for CF Scholarship Program helps people with CF, and their families (siblings, caregivers and children) in pursuing two-year, four-year or graduate degrees to offset the costs of attending college. Vertex will award 40 scholarships of $5,000 each to members of the CF community for the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship application period has closed, and recipients will be notified in May 2017.

Vertex Innovation Awards (VIA)

VIA supports innovative and collaborative clinical research that may improve the care of patients with CF. Applications for clinical research projects are welcomed from across the entire field of CF and are to be led by an individual or individuals with an established career interest in CF. For the 2017 VIA cycle, the independent VIA committee of external experts will select 1-3 projects to support with grants up to a total of €500,000 (Euros).

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Cystic Fibrosis Research Innovation Award (CF RIA)

CF RIA is a program that supports junior investigators in the USA and Canada in the cystic fibrosis field with the goal of advancing our understanding of CF and enhancing patients' lives. Led by a Steering Committee of independent expert clinicians and research scientists, up to five individual research projects are selected annually for awards up to $125,000 (U.S.). Check back in the fall of 2017 for the next call for applications.

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH INNOVATION AWARD

Circle of Care

Circle of Care is a competitive grant opportunity that funds innovative patient-centric programs for the CF community. Research initiatives considered must focus on one or more of the following categories:

  • Help people with CF live a fuller, more engaged lifestyle
  • Address the psycho-social challenges patients face
  • Improve the overall support of family members of patients
  • Support patients in taking more ownership of their healthcare
  • Enhance the education of patients, including topics on transition, adherence and navigating new environments.

Check back in May 2017 for the next call for applications.