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How we invest

With every investment in research, we are committed to achieving the maximum benefit for people with cystic fibrosis today or tomorrow.


With every investment in research, we are committed to achieving the maximum benefit for people with cystic fibrosis today or tomorrow.

To support this goal, we:

  • Invest in a diverse portfolio of research projects.
  • Invest in the brightest and best researchers at all stages in their career, from students to professors and clinicians.
  • Look to leverage our funding so that for every pound we spend, we raise further investment from external sources.
  • Fund proof-of-concept research where a small investment could demonstrate potential, making it more attractive to larger investors in the future (this is called 'pump-priming').
  • Seek projects that bridge the gap between basic science and pharmaceutical industry drug discovery.

Projects we are funding 

See all the projects we are currently funding.

SCORE objectives 

Recommendations for funding will be judged on how well applications meet the five principles which guide our approach – our 'SCORE' objectives. Our investments will be:
Strategic – We will lead on the basis of clear priorities, actions and goals.

Collaborative – To maximise funding opportunities and achieve all our ambitious research objectives, we will need to leverage income and attract other funding agencies to work in partnership

Outcome-focused – We will be mission-driven, strategic in allocating resources, and results-oriented.

Risk-based – We will pursue a balanced and diverse portfolio of research that benefits all people with cystic fibrosis.

Excellence-driven – We will be driven by quality and harness expertise wherever we find it.

Research news

Read the latest and archive news stories about research

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Clinical trials

How they work and what trials are currently running

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Areas of research

How to improve treatments and management of CF

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Research we fund

We fund research to tackle some of the most pressing issues in CF today. Find out how your donations are making a difference.

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs, and there are around 10,500 people living with it in the UK.

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