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Research Noticeboard

Full of useful reminders of grant deadlines, conferences and workshops, this is your go-to page for important information to progress your research.

Funding calls

Cystic Fibrosis Trust funding schemes

 Funding stream Status Deadline Next call
 Strategic Research Centre Closed Not applicable January 2021 
 Summer Studentship Closed  Not applicable February 2021
 Venture and Innovation Award Open No deadline Not applicable

For more information on the Trust's funding schemes, see our Apply for Funding page.

NIHR Themed Call in cystic fibrosis

At the beginning of October, the NIHR launched a Themed Call for Cystic Fibrosis, inviting cystic fibrosis researchers and clinicians to submit funding applications to six of NIHR’s Programmes.

 The NIHR have advised the CF research community to come together to produce a small quantity of collaborative, high quality applications to the CF call. To facilitate this, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has established an Application Development Group, offering to support the development of high quality applications.


The following events may be of interested to researchers working in the field of cystic fibrosis.

If you are a Trust-funded researcher, please let us know if you are presenting your research at a conference, by contacting us on .

UKCFC 2021 

The UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference has moved from its usual September date to a new date in February 2021. There will be a showcase of cystic fibrosis (CF) research we’re funding on Wednesday 3 February, and a CF community event on Saturday 6 March 2021. Both events will be online only.

Showcase of CF research, Wednesday 3 February 2021 - The conference will showcase the research that the Trust is funding along the themes of CF lung infections, understanding and treating symptoms and complications of CF, and tackling the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. The aim of the conference is to provide the CF research community with an informal opportunity to share their results, generate new ideas and spark interest in new collaborations.

ECFS Basic Science Meeting, 17-21 March 2021

The meeting scheduled to take place in March 2020 in Portugal was postponed to March 2021. Please check the ECFS website for more updates when they become available.

The ECFS is committed to providing a platform to support the work of scientists in CF and we are proud that this conference is now well established as a key annual event in our programme. The format of the conference will be a series of symposia with invited European and international guest speakers and presentations selected from the submitted abstracts.

Previous events with online content available

ECFS Digital-only Conference – 24-25 September 2020

The first digital conference of the ECFS took place on 24–25 September 2020. The sessions were recorded and will be available to members of the ECFS on the ECSF Education Platform from 12 October 2020. The ECFS Conference in 2021 will take place in Milan from 9-12 June 2021.

North American CF Conference (NACFC), 7-23 October 2020

NACFC was an online only event this year. Pre-recorded talks, workshops and posters will be available to registered attendees until 20 November. Live sessions and discussions took place between 21 – 23 October 2020.

This annual meeting brings together scientists, clinicians, and caregivers from around the world to discuss and share ideas on the latest advances in CF research, care, and drug development and to exchange ideas about ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with CF.


Cystic Fibrosis Trust Researchfish submission window for 2021 will be Monday 1 February 2021 - Friday 11 March 2021. More information is available on our Researchfish webpage

Call for manuscripts for special issue of Genes journal on 'Phenotypic Variability of Cystic Fibrosis: New Challenges', the manuscript submission deadline is 28 February 2021.

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Research we fund

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What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs, and there are over 10,600 people living with it in the UK.

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