Our Programs

Vertex is committed to support independent, investigator-initiated research designed to advance scientific and medical knowledge about cystic fibrosis. Results of such studies may lead to a better understanding of our therapies, improve patient care, and create new ideas for further disease-related research.


Investigator Initiated Studies

Our Investigator Initiated Study grants support independent, investigator-initiated 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 CompoundRequests@vrtx.com.

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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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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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.

For Other Grant And Funding Opportunities

Vertex also supports a variety of grants and funding opportunities.

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