Research Grants

Young Investigator Research Grant

NKF established the Young Investigator Research Grant program to support clinical research studies addressing important issues for patients with kidney disease. Projects must be patient-oriented

Who Should Apply? Applicant must:

  • Have completed training in nephrology prior to the start of the grant award.
  • Hold a full-time appointment to a faculty position at a U.S. university, or an equivalent position as a scientist on the staff of a research-oriented institution, at the time funding begins.
  • Are within their first four years of initial appointment to a faculty position or staff scientist position in a research organization. 

Funding Amount: $35,000 ($25,000 for the Krainin Award) for one year

Deadline: February 13, 2023 

Click here for instructions and eligibility criteria. 

Click here to start application. 


Kidney Health Equity Community Engagement Award

NKF seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity related to kidney health at a community level. The application must seek to improve access to kidney care, kidney disease management, and patient outcomes.

Who should apply? Open to all healthcare professionals, researchers, and multidisciplinary teams affiliated with any health system, academic medical center, FQHC, or any other health care organization in the U.S. serving people with kidney disease.

Funding Amount: $75,000 for one year

Deadline: February 13, 2023

Click here for instructions and eligibility criteria. 

Click here to start application. 


Council on Renal Nutrition Research Grant

The Council Research Grant is a rotating research grant shared among the four councils for $10,000. The grant application for 2023 is open for our dietitian members. Applications are due October 17, 2022. 

Note: The Principal Investigator must complete the application form and should be a Registered Dietitian

Click here for instructions and eligibility criteria. 

Application for submission is closed. 

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