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Grants to USA Early-Career Investigators for Nephrology Research

Young Investigator Research Grant


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Deadline: 02/12/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA early-career investigators for patient-oriented nephrology research. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to creating new technologies, clinical trials, investigating the mechanisms of disease in humans, therapeutic or educational interventions, epidemiological studies, and health policy studies. Applicants to the Chastain Renal Research Grant must work at an institution in Arkansas. Applicants to the Joseph M. Krainin MD Memorial Young Investigator Award must work at an institution in the National Capitol Area. Applicants to the Francisco 'Frank' M. Gonzalez Memorial Research Fund must work at an institution in Louisiana.

NKF established a Young Investigator Research Grant program to support clinical research studies addressing important issues for patients with kidney disease. Projects must be patient-oriented. Elements of patient-oriented research activities may include, but are not limited to, development of new technologies, mechanisms of human disease, educational or therapeutic interventions, epidemiological studies, health policy studies, and clinical trials.

Funds may be used for equipment, supplies, clinical research costs or other expenses directly related to the conduct of the proposed research. The full grant amount may also be expended for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator. No more than $1,000 per year may be used for travel by the investigator to national or international meetings.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individuals who have completed fellowship training in an ACGME-accredited training program and who hold junior faculty positions (Instructor or Assistant Professor) at university-affiliated medical centers in the United States are eligible to apply.

Promising young scientists are encouraged to submit proposals for investigating clinical research questions in nephrology, or closely related fields.

The Foundation will consider applications from individuals who:
- Have completed training in nephrology prior to the start of the grant award, and who intend to pursue research directly related to these areas. Applicants trained in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics with subsequent Nephrology fellowship training are also accepted.
- Hold a full-time appointment to a faculty position at a university, or an equivalent position as a scientist on the staff of a research-oriented institution, at the time funding begins (July 1, 2024). The university or research-oriented institution must be in the United States. Customarily, the appropriate faculty rank is that of Assistant Professor. In some institutions, at title such as Instructor is used to designate junior faculty status; individuals at that rank are eligible to apply. Qualifications should be documented in the bio sketch (limit: four pages).
- Are within their first four years of initial appointment to a faculty position or staff scientist position in a research organization. Candidates who received an appointment before July 1, 2020, are not eligible for this award in this funding cycle.

Applicants may have a concurrent NIH “K” series award and a Young Investigator Grant from the NKF. The applicant should provide a statement of the budgetary and scientific overlap and relatedness of the two applications.

Note the following limits:
- Applicants of the Chastain Renal Research Grant must work at an institution in Arkansas.
- Applicants of the Joseph M. Krainin MD Memorial Young Investigator Award must work at an institution in the National Capital Area (Washington, DC; Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, & St. Mary’s Counties; Virginia: Alexandria City, Fairfax City, Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fredericksburg (excluding Winchester/Front Royal area), Loudoun, Prince William, & Stafford Counties)
- Applicants of the Francisco 'Frank' M. Gonzalez Memorial Research Fund must work at an institution in Louisiana.

Funds for a Young Investigator or Research Endowment Grant may not be used for any of the following:
1. Indirect costs or overhead
2. Costs of patient care
3. Constructing or renovating facilities
4. Furniture or office equipment
5. Secretarial services

Pre-Application Information
Applications and all supporting documents for Young Investigator Grants must be submitted electronically on or before Monday, February 12, 2024. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed by an NKF study section panel, using outside reviewers, as necessary. Successful applicants will be notified in late spring/early summer 2024. and funds will be made available to them effective July 1, 2024.

Only one investigator in an institution will be supported in any funding cycle by a Young Investigator Research Grant.

Only one grant will be awarded to any applicant in the funding cycle.

The fiscal department of the investigator's institution shall administer the Young Investigator Grant funds.

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Amount: $35,000 ($25,000 for the Krainin Award and Gonzalez Memorial Research Fund) for one year

Term of Contract
Initial support for awards commencing July 1, 2024, is provided for one year.

Although funding for a second year of support is not guaranteed, the investigator may request an additional year's funding, as a competitive renewal.

Contact Information
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National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016

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