Peer Review Process
The Kidney Foundation funds research projects related to many areas of kidney disease including transplantation, dialysis, kidney biology, diabetes, high blood pressure, genetics and urology.
The Foundation's review procedure for assessing research applications is rigorous. Funding criteria include scientific excellence and relevance to the mission of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Applications are evaluate by volunteers from the health care and scientific community, all of whom are recognized leaders in their field. A review committee ranks each application and determines which proposals are to be funded.
The Kidney Foundation provides three types of funding:
- Operating Grants provide financial support to researchers. The money is used for the salaries of support personnel such as technicians and statisticians, and to purchase supplies and equipment.
- Fellowships provide salary support for Allied Health professionals such as dietitians, nurses, social workers and transplant coordinators who are pursuing doctoral degrees that focus on kidney diseases as well as on patients suffering from them.
- Scholarships support outstanding Allied Health professionals who are in a masters program.