Research Grants

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.

Apply Here - (for National Capital/DC area researchers only)
Deadline is May 15, 2020

Expected available grants for funding:

  • One (1) Krainin Memorial Young Investigator Award - open to applicants from the National Capital Area

Download Eligibility & Instructions
All references should submit the NKF Research Grant Reference Form
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Past Grant Recipients
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2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipient Success Stories
Dr. Benjamin Freedman, PhD - 2015

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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.