The 2021 Kidney Health Research Grant Competition is now open!

Applications for the 2021 Kidney Health Research Grant Competition must be completed via the on-line application system ProposalCentral here. Please allow extra time to review the system before the registration deadline of February 01, 2021. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “Kidney” under “Grant Opportunities” and fill out the Kidney Health Research Grant application.

Important dates
  • Letter of Intent (LOI): February 01, 2021
  • Full Application: March 15, 2021

NEW!! Integrating the Kidney Foundation’s new Research Framework in competitions policies.

In 2019, a committee comprising 12 members of the kidney community including patient partners, basic and clinical scientists worked together to develop a strategic research framework to best advance the Kidney Foundation’s mission to fund and stimulate innovative research for better treatments and a cure for kidney disease.

The following research priority areas were identified:

  • Innovative research for transformational change
  • Stakeholder-identified priorities to improve patient outcomes
  • Population health research

All applicants will need to fill a new section in the online application form. In addition to the usual review criteria, grant evaluation will assess the degree to which a proposal has the potential to address need in one of these priority areas. Detailed information is provided in section 1.2 below.

Funding Amount

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Foundation’s revenues, the maximum amount per year was brought back to $50,000 for this round.

New Investigators

The eligibility period for new investigators was extended to five years after faculty appointment.


There is no limit on the number of grants that a Co-Applicant may apply for or hold.