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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 or graduate school.

Following last year’s successful launch, Vertex doubled the size of the program providing 80 scholarships of $5,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients are chosen by an independent committee of CF community members based on a submitted essay and an applicant’s demonstrated level of community involvement, financial need, and academic achievement. Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2018. Recipients will be announced in May 2018.

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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)

The Vertex CF Research Innovation Awards are highly competitive grants created to inspire and support the next generation of M.D.s and Ph.Ds. who are working to advance the understanding of CF and establish their careers as CF researchers. The awards fall into two categories: Independent and Mentored. 

Independent Research Innovation Awards provide grants of $750,000 dispersed over three years to support newly independent faculty members as they establish their own research programs with outstanding promise in CF. Up to two awards will be given annually in this category.

Mentored Research Innovation Awards provide grants of up to $125,000 dispersed over two years to support mentored projects with established CF researchers. Up to four awards in this category will be given annually.

Together these programs will provide up to $10 million over the next five years. Reviewed and selected by an independent steering committee, applications are now being accepted until January 8, 2018.

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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.

Now accepting applications through November 30, 2017 for our 2018 program.

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Learn more about our 2017 CF Circle of Care grant recipients here.