Grants & Funding Opportunities

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Vertex is committed to supporting programs and initiatives in the countries in which we operate to educate healthcare professionals, strengthen cystic fibrosis research and development, raise disease awareness, and provide support to non-profit organizations.

Charitable Donations

Vertex and the Vertex Foundation consider charitable grant requests for support of various educational programs and provide donations to nonprofit agencies and charities. We also provide organizational sponsorships and corporate memberships. 

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Independent Research Opportunities

We work with and support leading researchers, doctors, and public health experts who share our vision for transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society.

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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Programs

We provide support to non-profit organizations that help people living with diseases in the areas in which we focus our research. This includes CF-related charitable donations, grant opportunities to fund innovative patient-centric programs, and a scholarship program.

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Charitable Donations

Independent Medical Education

Support for CF-focused independent programs, and/or materials, for healthcare providers including:

  • Symposia on emerging treatments, personalized medicine and patient-reported outcomes
  • Interactive websites regarding adherence, adult transition and care and when to treat
  • Journal supplements

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STEM and Community Programs

The Vertex Foundation accepts charitable donation requests from non-profit organizations with programs addressing:

  • STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math education) 
  • Local Vertex communities

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Support for a specific event or activity which may include various levels of funding opportunities (gold, silver, bronze):

  • Table at a fundraising event
  • Walks/rides & awards events
  • Scientific or professional meetings
  • Diversity internship programs
  • Corporate Memberships

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Independent Research Opportunities

Investigator Sponsored Studies

Our Investigator Sponsored Study program supports independent, investigator-sponsored research designed to advance scientific knowledge of disease states, patient populations, and medical treatment, in alignment with our clinical and nonclinical areas of interest. We work with leading researchers, doctors, public health experts and other collaborators who share our vision for transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society.

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Cystic Fibrosis FDA-Approved Compound-Only Requests

We’re interested in supporting cystic fibrosis research to strengthen scientific community knowledge through compound contributions to investigators. Requests through this program will be reviewed for in vitro or ex vivo studies only. Investigators are encouraged to apply to this program by sending their non-confidential research objective, detailed experimental plan and requested material quantity to

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. Applications are reviewed and selected by an independent steering committee.

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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 2019, the VIA program has expanded to allow applications from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Europe*, Israel, New Zealand, and the United States. Applicants are reviewed and selected by the independent VIA Committee of external experts who will select up to four projects to support with grants up to a total of €750,000 (Euros).

*Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK

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Cystic Fibrosis Programs

CF-Related Charitable Programs

Support for non-profit organizations providing:

  • Cystic fibrosis patient education and advocacy initiatives (e.g., newsletters or programs impacting quality of life)

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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.

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

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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Vertex CF Scholarships

Vertex’s CF Scholarships help people with cystic fibrosis, and their families (siblings, caregivers, and children) in pursuing two-year, four-year, or graduate degrees to offset some of the cost of attending college or graduate school.

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 for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted starting in September 2019 and recipients will be notified in Q1 of 2020. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Vertex CF Scholarship Program will be renamed The Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program and will be funded by The Vertex Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of people with serious diseases and in its communities through education, innovation, and health. 

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Scholarship Recipients 2019