NKFMDDE Research Grant Portal OPENS at 9:00pm on May 2, 2022

Special Message from Chair, Research Grants- Sumeska Thavarajah, MD

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKFMDDE) is pleased to announce that our Research Application Portal OPENS at 9:00pm on May 2, 2022. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Over the years, the National Kidney Foundation has invested over $100 million to support the treatment of kidney disease. Locally, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKFMDDE) has been able to distribute over $3,500,000 over the last few decades for pilot projects and for those early in their academic careers.  Funding supports pilot projects focused on different areas of kidney disease (i.e.-blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, urological disease, dialysis, and transplantation ) that will ultimately impact improvement in the care of kidney disease patients through discovering novel mechanisms or management strategies.   

Local Types of Grants

  1. Professional Development Awards- a maximum award not to exceed $40,000
  2. Mini-Grants – awards up to $10,000 each

Locally, the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) meets to review grants annually. The MAB determines the awards that are distributed and monitors the progress of each grant. Grant applications are reviewed and scored by a committee of dedicated medical advisors.  

Important Information:
– The grant cycle opens Monday, May 2nd at 9:00pm
– The grant cycle closes June 20th at 5:00pm*
– Award announcements will be made by mid-September.


The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is number one among all NKF offices in support of medical research.  Since 2000, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware has distributed over $3.5 million dollars to nearly 350 research applicants. Through our grant application process, the National Kidney Foundation awards up to $100,000 annually* to eligible medical professionals. The best treatment for kidney and urinary tract diseases is the discovery of a cure.

*Subject to availability of funds raised annually. Note: Only central Maryland professionals can apply for NKF Serving Maryland & Delaware’s Research Grant program due to funding restrictions. 

The goal of the grants program established by the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is to promote basic, clinical, translational and public health research that is aimed at preventing and treating diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. We currently offer two types of funding mechanisms: Mini-Grants and Professional Development Awards.

The purpose of the Mini-Grant program is to fund innovative, unfunded pilot projects that may lead to new insights into kidney or urological diseases and that will form the basis for a publication or additional external grant funding.

The Professional Development Award was designed to foster the careers of young faculty who intend to pursue research in fields related to new insights into kidney or urological diseases. The objective of this award is to provide bridge funding that will allow a junior faculty member to transition to independence by successfully applying for significant external grant funding.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the Grant Portal, please contact Pattie Dash, Executive Director, at pattie.dash@kidney.org or via cell at 410.961.1644.

Good luck!

Sumeska Thavarajah, MD
NKFMDDE- Chair, Research Grants