Research Grants

KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge

The new KidneyX: Patient Innovator Challenge, funded by the National Kidney Foundation prize competition will challenge individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations, among others, for ideas on how to improve therapeutic options and quality of life for people living with kidney disease.  The new competition will seek ideas and fixes that people living with kidney disease have developed through their own everyday experiences and ingenuity.  Patients and care partners in particular place a critical role in advancing their own best care; and the new Patient Innovator Challenge will reward their ideas and innovations in this prize competition, which is part of the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) umbrella.  Anyone can apply for the competition and some key areas submissions may focus on are how to manage the side effects of dialysis or transplant treatment, ways to gain patient independence, successful diet and fluid regimens, techniques to increase physical activity, and methods which help sustain family and social life or improve overall quality of life.  Submissions are due by 5:00pm ET on September 16, 2019.  


Improving Immunization Rates of CKD and Dialysis Patients - Competitive Grant Program

Pfizer and the National Kidney Foundation are collaborating to offer a new grant opportunity focused on supporting quality improvement initiatives that will result in an increase in immunization rates of adults with immunocompromising conditions, specifically patietns with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) including dialysis patients, in accordance with Advisory Committee on Immunization (ACIP) recommendations.
Who Can Apply?
Healthcare clinicians and their practice team working to immunize dialysis patients and patients with CKD
Monetary Range of Grant Applications:
Individual projects requesting up to $75,000 will be considered.  The total available budget related to this RFP is $225,000.
Key Dates:
  • Letters of Intent Due: May 15, 2019 (midnight Eastern Time)
  • Anticipated LOI Notification: Week of June 3, 2019
  • Full Proposal Deadline: August 11, 2019 (only accepted LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals)
  • Anticipated Project Start: October 2019
This application is currently closed
Contact Jessica Joseph or Amanda Stein with the subject line "Improving Immunization of Dialysis Patients and Patients with CKD"


2020 Young Investigator Research Grant

Young investigators are junior faculty who have been in their position for under four years at the time the grant begins. Applicants must have nephrology training.

2019 Grant Recipients

Expected available grants for funding:

  • Three (3) NKF Young Investigator Grants 
  • One (1) Satellite Healthcare Clinical Investigator Grant of the NKF 
  • One (1) Chastain Renal Research Grant - open to applicants from Arkansas
  • One (1) Southeast Texas Research Grant - open to applicants from Texas
  • One (1) Krainin Memorial Young Investigator Award - open to applicants from the National Capital Area

Applications open in the fall for 2020 funding. 

Download Eligibility & Instructions
All references should submit the NKF Research Grant Reference Form.
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Grant Recipient Success Stories
Dr. Benjamin Freedman, PhD - 2015

The National Kidney Foundation gratefully acknowledges that the NKF Young Investigator Grant Program is made possible by support from (or in honor of) the following organizations and individuals:

American Society of Nephrology
Victor Chaltiel Foundation
Shaul G. Massry, MD
Pfizer Laboratories
Solomon Papper, MD
Patricia Welder Robinson
Donald Seldin, MD
George Schreiner, MD
Robert Schrier, MD
Hilda Gershon Sugarman

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2020 CNSW Research Grant

The purpose of the CNSW Research Grant Program is to further knowledge of psychosocial factors in chronic kidney disease and to enhance clinical social work intervention with pre-dialysis, dialysis, and transplant patients and families.
Key Dates
July 17, 2019
Letter of intent due
Sept 30, 2019
Grant proposal due - Apply Online
Sept-Oct 2019
Council Research Grants Committee review
Nov 1, 2019
Award announced
Jan 1, 2020
Approved project begin operation and continue until Dec 31, 2020
For further information on the CNSW Research Grant Program, contact:   
For more information contact:
Melissa Fry, MSW, NSW-C
CNSW Chair-elect