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Biomedical Research Grants

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

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 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 registration form 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.

Important Information for the 2019 Biomedical Research Grants Competition and the Special Research Project Grant: Predictive Biomarkers Competition:

-Special Research Project Grant: Predictive Biomarkers Competition
Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for a special project related to predictive biomarkers. The value of this grant is $450,000 over 4 years, with a maximum of $112,500 per year. This funding opportunity was made possible due to an unrestricted donation to The Kidney Foundation of Canada from Janssen Inc.

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

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

-Eligibility Issues for Special Research Project Grant: Predictive Biomarkers A Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicant, or Co-Applicant who already holds or is applying for a KFOC Grant is eligible to apply.

Themes of Research:

Applicants are encouraged to think carefully about the primary theme classification for their grant. Please use the definitions below to determine which of the following three main categories 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.

(i) Clinical Research - 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.

(ii) 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.

(iii) Population and Public Health Research - 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 categorized as basic/biomedical; clinical studies that require collaborations from basic scientists for measurements of biomarkers should be categorized as clinical.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174821

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Biomedical Research Grants - up to $50,000 CAN per year (for up to three years).
-Special Research Project Grants: Predictive Biomarkers - Up to $112,500 CAN per year (maximum of 4 years).

Term of Contract:

Grants are available for one, two, or three years, from July 1 to June 30.

The Term of Contract for New Investigators:

Nominated Principal Applicant, within 36 months of their first faculty appointment, can apply for a three-year Biomedical Research Grant. To be awarded a three-year grant, the grant needs to be scored in the excellent to outstanding category. A maximum of three (3) three-year grants for new investigators will be awarded each year. Investigators are only entitled to be awarded a three-year grant once.

Special Research Project: Predictive Biomarkers: Funding for this four year grant will become effect January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The KFOC defines a Nominated Principal Applicant as an individual who:

- Will be responsible for the direction of the proposed activities.
- Will assume the administrative and financial responsibility for the grant or award.
- Will receive all related correspondence from The KFOC.
- Is an independent researcher.

The research must be carried out in Canada.

Eligibility Issues:

- A Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicant or Co-Applicant may not apply for or hold more than one Biomedical Research Grant per year from The Kidney Foundation as an award.

- New Investigators: Though applicants at all stages of their research career are eligible for funding, The Kidney Foundation wishes to give priority to new investigators in the field of kidney research. This is defined by the fact that at the time of application, the Nominated Principal Applicant has held his/her first faculty position for no more than 36 months. In such cases, the application should be accompanied by a letter from the Departmental Chair indicating the nature of the university appointment, the facilities being provided and the research potential of the candidate as well as a letter from the most recent research supervisor describing the candidate's training and research potential.

- The maximal budget allowed for two and three year research grants may not exceed $100,000 and $150,000 respectively. Applications meeting this criterion, but requesting an early release of year 2 or year 3 funds will be considered for funding only after specific permission is obtained from The Kidney Foundation. Such permission is granted only when fully justified by the project. Under no circumstances can any awardees receive more than the maximal allowable budget for any sequential two or three-year period.

Special Research Project Grant: Predictive Biomarkers

These funds are allocated to assist in defraying the cost of research. This includes the purchase and maintenance of experimental animals, materials, supplies and equipment, and the payment of laboratory assistants. Salaries should conform to those of the institution in which the research is carried out and may include the employer's share of staff benefits for which such personnel may be eligible. Personnel employed under grants are employees of the institution concerned, not The Kidney Foundation.

Grant applications for equipment only will not be considered. Equipment requested as part of the grant application will be considered provided the total amount for equipment does not exceed $10,000 CAN. In such cases, a full and adequate justification for required equipment must be provided. All apparatus, materials or supplies purchased by the grantee for use with any research funded by The Kidney Foundation becomes the property of the institution concerned.

Graduate student or postdoctoral (non-MD) support may be requested as part of the grant. The Kidney Foundation reserves the right to fund the grant with or without support to the graduate students.

Research grants do not provide for salary support of the Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicants and/or Co-Applicants and are not intended to cover the entire cost of the research for which they are provided, since space and certain basic facilities are prerequisites to an application for a grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is a a two stage process:
- A mandatory registration phase with a deadline of September 01, 2018.
- A full application phase with a deadline of October 01, 2018.

If the deadline falls during a weekend, or on a holiday, the deadline will be the next working day.
Applications received after the deadline will be considered late and will not be considered for review. Revisions to applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Applications can only be submitted by email.

Email Submission of Registration:
- The applicant must submit a completed registration form by email to Elisabeth Fowler (see Contact Information below) no later than September 1 by 11:59 EST.

Email Submission of Application:
- The applicant must submit a PDF copy of the full application (including all addenda and signatures) by email to Chris Marquis no later than October 1 by 11:59 pm EST.

Contact Information:

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

Submission Instructions:
- Email the Registration Form to Elisabeth Fowler at
- Email the Application Form to Chris Marquis at

For information regarding research programs, please contact:
Elisabeth Fowler, MBA
National Director of Research
Telephone: 1-888-210-9894, ext. 104
Fax: (514) 369–2472

For further information on application submissions, please contact:
Christine Marquis
Coordinator, Research Grants and Awards
Telephone: (514) 369–4806, ext. 232
Fax: (514) 369–2472

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