KRESCENT 2023 Post-Doctoral Fellowships and New Investigator Award Programs


The Kidney Foundation of Canada

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For additional information, please visit the Kidney Foundation website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The KRESCENT program Post-Doctoral Fellowship is an “in-training” award intended for applicants with a PhD, MD or equivalent degree. The objective is to attract and foster young investigators to initiate and/or continue training in kidney research.

An awardee may not be in receipt of another major personnel award at the same time as holding the Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the KRESCENT program. However, the KRESCENT program will consider approving supplemental funding if a minor stipend has been provided from a local or provincial funding agency.

The KRESCENT program New Investigator Award is awarded to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in kidney disease and provides salary support for up to three years of the faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent at a Canadian University. The purpose of this award is to support the investigator in becoming established as a fully independent investigator in the field of kidney disease.


Applicants for both Post-Doctoral Fellowship and New Investigator Award programs must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of submission of their application.  Applicants must apply through a university department or affiliated institution that has been accepted as suitable for research training by the KRESCENT program.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Awards for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship are tenable under the supervision of investigators holding an academic appointment and in areas of investigation where the research has direct relevance to kidney disease.  The training program must include involvement in actual research, and not only courses in research methods.  Applicants enrolled in programs oriented primarily toward professional specialty training are normally ineligible for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Candidates with more than four years of Post-PhD research training by the competition deadline are not eligible to apply for this award, unless the candidate is an MD, who completed their PhD before or during their clinical training.  Any interruption in a candidate’s Post-PhD research training will be taken into account in determining eligibility. 

Applicants with a MD degree must hold license in Canada or be enrolled in a program leading to certification in Canada at the time of applying for this award.  Applicants may propose a program of research leading to a Master’s or PhD degree; however, registration in a graduate program is not a requirement.

Applications for training in clinical research will be considered only if it is clear from the application that at least 80% of the applicant’s time and effort will be devoted to the research project(s) and clinical activities upon which the research project(s) is immediately dependent.

Each application is considered to be a joint submission by the applicant and the proposed supervisor.  The research plan should be written in full consultation and agreement between the supervisor and the applicant. The applicant must provide a supervisor letter confirming acceptance of the candidate and the proposed research plan.

New Investigator Awards: At the time of commencement of the New Investigator Award, no more than three years may have passed since the date of the first faculty appointment. Candidates must hold an appointment at a Canadian university at Assistant Professor level or equivalent. Please note, an institutional acceptance letter must be provided in the application package. 

Candidates must have a MD, PhD or equivalent degree.

Applications in clinical research will be considered only if it is clear from the application that at least 80% of the applicant’s time and effort will be devoted to the research project(s).

The New Investigator Award is contingent on the following additional requirements regarding grant-in-aid support for the proposed research.

  • During year one and two of this award, the awardee must show proof of submission of grant-in-aid applications to granting agencies that conduct peer reviews of the proposed research plan.

Maximum Project Value

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - The annual stipend is $ 65,000 (MD or equivalent degree) or $ 55,000 (Ph.D. without a MD or equivalent degree) without benefits. Successful applicants are expected to organize their own benefits with the host institution. Stipends are valued in Canadian dollars and are taxable. It is expected that 50% of the award will be contributed by the KRESCENT Program and 50% will be contributed by the host institution.

New Investigator Award - The annual stipend is $70,000 (MD or equivalent degree) or $65,000 (Ph.D. without a MD or equivalent degree) without benefits. Please note that the host institution contribution can come from an already established salary support (i.e. Normal salary), but that the host institution must confirm eligibility for the program (including protected research time, etc).

Infrastructure Award (New Investigator Award only)

The KRESCENT program also offers to match up to a maximum of $25,000 of Infrastructure Support (laboratory start-up costs and support staff) awarded during the period of the New Investigator Award from the sponsoring university or institution. The Candidate must apply for the Infrastructure Support at the same time as the salary award and a budget should be provided. The Candidate also must submit proof of matching institutional support.

Some examples of appropriate uses of this infrastructure support would be the purchase of software, equipment, other technology or stipends for graduate students and summer students; examples of inappropriate uses of these funds would be for supplementation of the awardee’s salary or for general institutional overhead.

Indirect Costs



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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to

External Deadline

Applicant to submit completed application  via the on-line application system ProposalCentral Please allow extra time to review the system before the application deadline of January 19, 2023To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “KRESCENT” or “Kidney” and fill out the KRESCENT application.


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