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 and Gonzalez Memorial Research Fund) for one year

Deadline: February 12, 2024

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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 12, 2024

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Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) Research Grant

The Council Research Grant is an annual rotating research grant shared among the four NKF professional councils for $10,000. The 2024 grant application will be available from August 22 - October 22, 2023, as a members-only benefit for social workers.

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Note: The Principal Investigator is required to complete their own application form and must be a Licensed Social Worker practicing in nephrology.

Eligibility criteria and instructions
Submit a CNSW Research Grant application

Key Dates

Aug 22 – Oct 22, 2023  — Application Open

Oct 23 – Nov 12, 2023  — Council Research Grants Committee Review

Nov 17, 2023 — Winner Notified

Jan 1, 2024 — Approved projects begin operation and continue until Dec 31