Research Grants

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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Past Grant Recipients
2018 Grant Recipients
2017 Grant Recipients
2016 Grant Recipients
2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients

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


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