Cystic Fibrosis 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.

Our 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.

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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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.  

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 USD. 

For 2020, applications will be accepted from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

To apply, complete and email a letter of intent to VIAProgram@vrtx.com by March 20, 2020.

For additional information, see below or email VIAProgram@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. Applications are reviewed and selected by an independent steering committee. 

For 2020, applications will be accepted from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

To apply, complete and email a letter of intent to RIAProgram@vrtx.com by March 27, 2020

For additional information, see below flyer or email RIAProgram@vrtx.com.  

Circle of Care

Circle of Care is a competitive grant opportunity that funds innovative patient-centric programs for the CF community. Each year Vertex awards up to $1M in Circle of Care grants.

Vertex accepts CF Circle of Care grant applications that focus on one or more of the following categories:

  • Programs that support persons with CF live a fuller, more engaged lifestyle
  • Programs that address the psycho-social challenges patients and caregivers face with CF
  • Programs that improve the overall support of the family members of patients with CF
  • Programs or tools that support patients with CF taking more ownership of their healthcare
  • Programs focused on the education of patients with CF, including topics on transition and the importance of following healthcare provider's recommendations regarding care, and navigating new environments with CF

To apply, submit a “Circle of Care” application through the Vertex Submission Portal by April 2nd, 2020, 11:59 PM ET. To access the Vertex Submission Portal, click the “Learn More” button below.

At the center of caring is love, that drives us to go above and beyond for others. Caregivers demonstrate this daily with their compassion, dedication, and hours spent taking care of loved ones living with cystic fibrosis. Vertex's Love is in the Care program is a way to recognize this special part of the CF community. As a tribute to these caregivers who make so much possible, we want to say THANK YOU.

If you are living with CF and would like to recognize your caregiver (not including health care providers), or if you know someone who cares for a loved one or loved ones with CF, share what makes them so special with us.