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Aug 31, 2021

Application website open for 2022 - Kidney Health Research Grants

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce that its 2022 Kidney Health Research Grants competition is now open, representing the first of The Kidney Foundation of Canada research grants to go live for 2022. Canadian researchers are encouraged to apply directly for research support for everything from biomedical research to clinical developments, health systems and policy advancements.

For those interested in applying, more information on eligibility, application timelines, and policies, as well as how to apply, can be found on our Funding Opportunities page.

The Kidney Foundation has a long-standing history of prioritizing, developing and supporting Canadian research efforts in kidney disease. Research and the hope it brings represents the future and is one of the cornerstones upon which the Foundation is centered. 

Even in the face of COVID-19 The Kidney Foundation provided research support to over 400 researchers through grants and partnerships in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, a total of 98 grants were supported at 31 research institutes spread over eight Canadian provinces. Check back to our website for the 2021 results being released soon.

This year, the competition includes a newly designed “priority announcement” system pilot.  Priority announcements allow the Foundation to focus on capacity building within specific topic areas while not reducing its goal to fund excellence across all areas of kidney research. Priority announcements are built with the community in mind. Topics this year include the following: 

Research in Health Equity: Applications that are considered relevant to developing, encouraging, promoting, or providing advancement for health concerns directly related to an underserved group in Canada.

Projects Centered on Awareness, Access, and Action: Applications that focus on increasing awareness of the impact of kidney disease on patients and/or improving patient access to evidence-based treatments and optimal care.

The Foundation undergoes frequent assessments of its research program, valuing insight for patients, families, partners, and researchers to ensure continued support and development of a research portfolio that is reflective of community needs.

“Those with lived experience are the backbone behind why we do what we do,” said Kidney Foundation National Director of Research Dr. Leanne Stalker. “Those with lived experience can provide an expertise that nobody else can when it comes to research priorities and community engagement. We connect throughout the research process, communicating the value of patient and community contribution and encouraging investigators to design research around the value of the lived experience voice.”

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has always demonstrated that research is one of its top priorities. Through the generosity of our donors and partners, the commitment of researchers and clinicians, and dedication of patients, families and our community, the research program continues to strive for quantifiable change, and an end to kidney disease in Canada. 

For more information:

Dr. Leanne Stalker
National Director of Research
The Kidney Foundation of Canada 

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