KFOC: Kidney Health Research Grants 2022


Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Kidney Foundation Current Opportunities website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


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 Kidney Foundation.

Kidney Health Research Grants provide financial support to medical researchers in defraying research operating costs, including the purchase of materials, supplies and equipment and the payment of laboratory assistant.

The information related to the 2022 competition timelines will be updated on the Kidney Foundation Current Opportunities webpage on a regular basis.  Please be sure to check for updated policies for all 2022 competitions on the Funding Opportunities page.  The Kidney Health Research Grant Policies 2022 Competition supersede all previous Kidney Foundation of Canada  Research Grant Policies. Applicants should always refer to the latest version

NEW!! Priority Announcement Opportunities:

Priority announcements are specific sources of funding for applications submitted to the Kidney Health Research Grant competition. Priority announcements align to the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Research Framework and outline specific areas of emphasis. 

Priority announcements allow the Foundation to focus on capacity building within specific topic areas while not reducing our goal to fund excellence across all areas of Kidney Research.  Submission of all projects to the Kidney Health Research Grant competition encourages all applicants to submit their projects through the general pool, while providing targeted support when grants may fall below the general funding cut off. Please note that priority areas may change in each competition year in order to facilitate the Foundation to work towards strategic goals.

Please see the Priority Announcement policy and the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s website for more information and topic areas.

For more updates and changes to the 2022 competition, please see “Highlights for 2022” in the Kidney Health Research Grant policies.


Principal Applicants (NPA and any other principal applicant) must hold an appointment, usually an employment relationship, with an eligible institution. This appointment:

  • Is the major research appointment of the (Nominated) Principal Applicant;
  • Allows the (Nominated) Principal Applicant to pursue the proposed research project, to supervise trainees, and to publish the results of the research; and
  • Obliges the (Nominated) Principal Applicant to conform to institutional policies concerning the conduct of research, the supervision of research trainees and the employment of staff paid from the KFOC grant.

An NPA is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (e.g. a person who has been granted admission to Canada as an immigrant) who is an independent researcher. 

Early Career Researchers: at the time of application, the Nominated Principal Applicant may have held their first faculty position for no more than 5 years. 

Maximum Project Value

Maximum amount is $50,000/year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1, 2 or 3 years 

Research much be carried out in Canada

Special Notes

NEW! Equity Diversity, and Inclusion

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the research system. As such, we have included new sections into the Kidney Health Research Grant to encompass this strategic priority.

All applicants may be asked to fill in a self-identification Equity and Diversity questionnaire as part of the application process. Please note that all data will be collected anonymously and will be used to help the Foundation evaluate the accessibility and reach of its funding programs.

In addition to this questionnaire, the KFOC expects that all applicants will integrate, or justify, equitable inclusion in research studies. This includes considering fairness and equity in research participation such as the inclusion of racial minorities, justification of age of recruited participants, inclusion of language considerations, etc (where applicable), and steps taken to ensure appropriate, equitable and realistic dissemination of research results to all communities


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: Applicant to submit LOI to sponsor using online application system proposalCENTRAL

All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. 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.

Internal Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit a copy of application and complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit application using online application system proposalCENTRAL

All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. 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.


Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Christine Marquis, Research Grants and Awards Manager
Telephone: 438-812-5098
E-mail: christine.marquis@kidney.ca

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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