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Kidney Health Research Grant

Grants to Canada Medical Researchers for Research
Projects that are Focused on Kidney Disease

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC)

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Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to Canada medical researchers for research projects and activities that are focused on kidney disease. Applicants must complete a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help cover some of the operating costs of research projects and may be used for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and materials and the payment of laboratory assistants.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has established a national goal of encouraging and supporting research that may further the current knowledge pertaining to the kidney or improve health in areas relevant to the Vision and Mission of the Foundation.

Applicants are encouraged to think carefully about the primary theme classification for their grant. Please use the definitions below to determine which category to ascribe to your application:

Basic/Biomedical Research

Biomedical research is research with the goal of understanding normal and abnormal human functioning, at the molecular, cellular, organ system and whole body levels, including development of tools and techniques to be applied for this purpose; developing new therapies or devices that improve health or the quality of life of individuals, up to the point where they are tested on human subjects. Biomedical research may also include studies on human subjects that presently, do not have a diagnostic or therapeutic orientation.

Clinical Research

For the purposes of this competition, Clinical Research encompasses(i) clinical research, (ii) health systems and services research and (iii) population and public health research.

  1. Clinical research is research with the goal of directly improving the diagnosis of disease, the prediction of important outcomes in patients with disease or at risk of disease, and treatment (including rehabilitation and palliation), of disease and injury. It may also focus on improving the health and quality of life of individuals as they pass through normal life or disease stages. Clinical research typically encompasses research on, or for the treatment of, patients.
  2. Health Systems and Services Research: Health services research includes research with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health professionals and the health care system, through changes to practice and policy. Health services research is a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and, ultimately, Canadians' health and well-being.
  3. Population and public health research comprises research with the goal of improving the health of the Canadian population, or of defined sub-populations, through a better understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, environmental, occupational and economic factors determine health status.

Translational Research

Research that contains significant integrated contributions from both clinical and basic/biomedical, as defined above. Please note that research involving lesser degrees of overlap or inter-pillar collaboration does not automatically qualify as translational for the purposes of review: for example, basic research that includes work on samples from humans should be categorised as basic/biomedical; clinical studies that require collaborations from basic scientists for measurements of biomarkers should be categorised as clinical.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174821

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant application may not exceed the amount of $60,000 CAN per year.

Term of Contract:

One, two or three-year grants are available from The Kidney Foundation. The Kidney Foundation reserves the right to determine a shorter duration of award regardless of the initial request.

Funding for a one-year grant will run from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. If the grant is a continuation of work previously funded by The Kidney Foundation or by another agency, the Kidney Health Research Grant Policies

Funding for a two-year grant will become effective July 1 and run to June 30 of the second consecutive year. The Kidney Foundation will consider further renewals providing that progress on the work initially funded by The Kidney Foundation is clearly described in the application and the reasons justifying the need for renewal are explained. All renewal applications will be submitted for review and assessment on a competitive basis with all other grant applications.

Funding for a three-year grant will become effective July 1 and run to June 30 of the third consecutive year. Three-year grants can only be applied for by new investigators, i.e. within 36 months of their first faculty appointment. To be funded as a three-year grant the grant needs to be scored in the excellent to outstanding category by the Kidney Health Scientific Committee. A maximum of three (3) three-year grants for new investigators will be awarded each year. An applicant is only entitled to be awarded a three-year grant once.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The KFOC defines a Nominated Principal Applicant as an individual who:
- Will be responsible for the direction of the proposed activities; and
- Will assume the administrative and financial responsibility for the grant or award; and
- Will receive all related correspondence from the KFOC.
- Is an independent researcher

The KFOC defines a Principal Applicant as an individual who shares responsibility for the direction of the proposed activities.

For more information about eligible applicants, see:

The research must be carried out in Canada.

It is the policy of The Kidney Foundation of Canada not to fund indirect costs of research.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “Kidney Health Research Grant” or “Kidney” under "Grant Opportunities" and fill out the Kidney Health Research Grant application. Please allow extra time to review the system before the registration deadline of September 01, 2019.

- Letter of Intent due: September 01, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST
- Full Application due: October 01, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST
- Notice of Decision: May 2020
- Funding Start Date: July 1st, 2020

If the deadline falls during a weekend, or on a holiday, the deadline will be the next working day.

Revisions to applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

A Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant may not apply for or hold more than one (1) Kidney Health Research Grant per year from The Kidney Foundation as an award.

A Co-Applicant may apply for or hold one additional Kidney Health Research Grant per year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For information regarding research programs, please contact:

Elisabeth Fowler, MBA
National Director of Research
Telephone: (613) 793-1299
Fax: (514) 369–2472

For further information on application submissions, please contact:

Christine Marquis
Associate, Research Grants and Awards
Telephone: (514) 369–4806, ext. 232
Fax: (514) 369–2472

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon