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 encourages and supports research across the four pillars (biomedical, clinical, health systems, & population health) to improve treatments and quality of life for people with kidney disease.
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.
Partnership Announcement Opportunities:
Partnership announcements are specific sources of funding for applications submitted to the Kidney Health research grant competition. Partnerships align to the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Research Framework and outline specific areas of emphasis from partnership organizations.
Partnerships may include a specific area of emphasis, and applicants interested in being considered for the opportunity may be asked to outline how their project will relate to and fulfill the goals of the specific partnership. Funds available per award, and requirements for the partnership will be the same as those provided in the general Kidney Health Research Grant competition unless otherwise stated.
For more updates and changes to the 2023 competition, please see “Highlights for 2023” in the Kidney Health Research Grant policies.
The KFOC defines a Nominated Principal Applicant as an individual who:
- is an independent researcher
- 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.
A (Nominated) Principal Applicant 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.
In cases that more than one individual will be responsible for the proposed activities, you may denote one additional team member as a Principal Applicant. The KFOC defines a Principal Applicant as an individual who shares responsibility for the direction of the proposed activities.
Maximum Project Value
max. amount per year $60,000
2 or 3 years
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 WILL BE ASKED to fill in a self-identification equity and diversity questionnaire as part of the application process.
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 webpage.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Letter of Intent: Applicant to submit LOI to sponsor using online application system Proposal Central
All forms, guidelines and procedures can be found on the Proposal Central 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.
Application: Applicant to submit a copy of application and complete OR5 form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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