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We have a national research fund to encourage research that advances current knowledge pertaining to the kidney, diseases of the kidney, organ donation and transplantation. We provide funding for researchers working across all four themes of research (basic/biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health research), for allied health professionals (through research grants, fellowships and scholarships), and capacity building and trainee support through the KRESCENT program.

Please note that some of the competition deadlines have changed. Click below to see the anticipated timelines for each competition.  These dates are estimates and subject to change.

The following opportunities are currently available:
  • Kidney Health Research Grant
  • Kidney Health Research Grants Competition
    Kidney Health Research Grants provide financial support to researchers in defraying research operating costs, including the purchase of materials, supplies and equipment and the payment of laboratory assistants. Grants are available for one, two or three years. The research must be carried out in Canada.

    The 2023 Kidney Health Research grant will include Priority Announcements. Please review the links below to learn more about the announcements.

    Timeline 
    Application Platform Opens:  August 22, 2022
    Letter of Intent Deadline:  September 28, 2022
    Notice of LOI Eligibility:  October 05, 2022
    Full Application Deadline:  November 16, 2022
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  March 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    The Kidney Health Research Grants Competition has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Please click here to reach proposalCENTRAL. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “Kidney Foundation of Canada” or “Kidney” and fill out the Kidney Health Research Grant application.
     
    Resources  
    Kidney Health Research Grant Policies
    Priority Announcements/Partnerships 2023
    Checklist-LOI
    Checklist-Full Proposal
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Abstract
    Policy on Indirect Costs of Research
     
  • KRESCENT Program: New Investigator Award
    The KRESCENT program New Investigator Award is awarded to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in kidney disease and provides salary support for up to three years of the faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent at a Canadian University. The purpose of this award is to support the investigator in becoming established as a fully independent investigator in the field of kidney disease.

    Timeline 
    Application Platform Opens:  December 07, 2022
    Registration Deadline:  N/A
    Full Application Deadline:  January 11, 2023
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  May 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    The KRESCENT program has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Please click here to reach proposalCENTRAL. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “KRESCENT” or “Kidney” and fill out the KRESCENT New Investigator Award application.

    Resources  Coming soon
    KRESCENT New Investigator Award Policies
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Summary 
  • KRESCENT Program: Post-Doctoral Fellowships
    A KRESCENT program post-doctoral fellowship is an “in-training” award intended for applicants with a PhD, MD or equivalent degree. The objective is to attract and foster young investigators to initiate and/or continue their training in kidney research.

    Timeline 
    Application Platform Opens:  December 07, 2022
    Registration Deadline:  N/A
    Full Application Deadline:  January 11, 2023
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  May 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    The KRESCENT program has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Please click here to reach proposalCENTRAL. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “KRESCENT” or “Kidney” and fill out the KRESCENT Post-Doctoral Fellowship application.

    Resources  Coming soon
    KRESCENT Post-Doctoral Fellowship Policies
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Summary 
  • KRESCENT Program: Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Award
    The KRESCENT Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Award is designed to provide for full-time academic and research preparation at the doctoral level. The objective of this program is to promote and enhance the development of nephrology/organ donation allied health investigators in Canada. The award is for up to $35,000/year and is tenable in Canada or abroad (for programs outside Canada, the applicant must provide a statement indicating the intention to return to Canada).

    To apply for this program, applications must be made through the Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Fellowship program ( below) with the applicant specifying that they have an interest in being considered for KRESCENT. Please note that only top ranked applications receiving a score in the excellent range will be considered eligible.
     
  • Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Fellowships
    The Kidney Foundation offers a limited number of fellowships that fund full-time academic study and preparation for research at the doctoral level. The objective of this program is to promote and enhance the development of allied health investigators in Canada in the field of nephrology and / or organ donation. Fellowships are awarded for amounts up to $31,000/year and can be held in Canada or abroad. Note that for programs outside Canada the applicant must provide a statement indicating their intention to return to Canada.

    Timeline  
    Application Platform Opens:  February 01, 2023
    Registration Deadline:  N/A
    Full Application Deadline:  March 08, 2023
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  May 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    The Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Fellowship has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, policies and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Please click here to reach proposalCENTRAL. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “Kidney” and fill out the Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Fellowship application.

    Resources  Coming soon
    Allied Health Kidney Doctoral Fellowship - Policies
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Summary 
  • Allied Health Kidney Scholarships

    The purpose of the Allied Health Kidney Scholarship award is to encourage students with a demonstrated interest in nephrology and / or organ donation to pursue education at the Masters level, and in turn to promote and enhance the development of allied health investigators in the nephrology field in Canada.

    Timeline  
    Application Platform Opens:  February 01, 2023
    Registration Deadline:  N/A
    Full Application Deadline:  March 08, 2023
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  May 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    To apply to the Allied Health Kidney Scholarship competition, the forms and policies can be found below.

    Resources  Coming soon
    Allied Health Kidney Scholarship - Policies
    Allied Health Kidney Scholarship - Application Form
    Allied Health Kidney Scholarship - Assessment Form
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Summary 

  • Allied Health Kidney Research Grants
    The purpose of the Allied Health Kidney Research Grant is to encourage allied health professionals to pursue research relevant to the areas of nephrology and organ donation, including clinical, health services, social, cultural, environmental and population health research. To be eligible for this grant the principal applicant must be an allied health professional.

    The grant can be awarded for up to two years. The project must have a clearly demonstrated relevance and outcome relevant to our mission, and the research must be carried out in Canada.

    We recommend that researchers with biomedical or basic projects apply to the Kidney Health Research Grants Competition. Post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to apply to the KRESCENT program.

    Timeline  
    Application Platform Opens:  February 01, 2023
    Registration Deadline:  N/A
    Full Application Deadline:  March 08, 2023
    Anticipated Date for Notice of Award:  May 2023 
    Funding Start Date:  July 2023

    The Allied Health Kidney Research Grant has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, policies and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Please click here to reach proposalCENTRAL. To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “Kidney” and fill out the Allied Health Kidney Research Grant application.

    Resources  Coming soon
    Allied Health Kidney Research Grant - Policies
    Best Practices for Writing a Plain Language Summary
  • Alport Syndrome Research Funding Program (ASF and partners)
    Offered in conjunction with the Pedersen Family and the Alport Syndrome Foundation Inc. (ASF), the principal goal of this funding program is the development of novel treatments to prevent kidney failure and hearing loss in patients with Alport Syndrome.

    Letters of intent will be evaluated by an independent peer review process. They should be no longer than 2 pages in length and must be in accordance with the instructions detailed in the ASF & Partners Alport Syndrome Research Funding Program. Authors found to have the best merit for funding will be invited to submit a full proposal application 10–15 pages in length for further independent peer review. Final grant recipients will be selected from this pool. There are no geographical limitations for this funding.

    Resources
    Letter of Intent Guidelines and Requirements