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Medical research funding

Kidney Health Australia conducted a review of our research grant system, during which we consulted widely with major kidney research groups, individuals and others interested in kidney-related medical and scientific research.

The current process of funding, which invites applications for project grants and scholarships to commence the following year, has been suspended and will be replaced by the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation.

Our long-standing commitment to research funding continues unchanged. The establishment of the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation ensures we continue to support the most significant research opportunities across Australia in future years.

An important part of our review is exploring ways to significantly expand the current level of funding.

The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation will be coordinating delivery of our kidney research program.

Medical research grant program

The current process of funding, which invites applications for project grants and scholarships to commence the following year, has been suspended and will be replaced by the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Kidney Research Foundation.

Funding Research Initiatives for Better Kidney Health Tomorrow

The Funding Research Initiatives for Better Kidney Health Tomorrow report showcases the cutting-edge research we have funded since our organisation was first registered in 1968.

Download it here.

As a major funder of kidney research outside the National Health and Medical Research Council, we have underpinned the evidence base that drives strategy and policy development for the advancement of public health, with specific regard to kidney health.

Support of kidney research is crucial for:

  • the long-term improvement of health outcomes for those with, or at risk of, kidney disease
  • the development of state and federal government kidney-related health policy
  • building Australia’s evidence base to drive and underpin an accessible and equitable healthcare service.

In funding our research program, we receive support from institutions, organisations and, importantly, individual benefactors.

A notable example is the bequest that enabled the establishment of the Bootle Award Medical Research Grant.

Bootle Award research

The Bootle Award Medical Research Grant, dedicated to research in nephrology, was established in 2003 with a $1 million dollar bequest from the estate of Miss Elizabeth Bootle.

Our Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee recommended the Bootle bequest be used for developing and securing the academic careers of Australian scientists or medical graduates in nephrology.

The bequest enabled the awarding of four grants, the last in 2006 to fund a five-year research project

For each grant, participating institutions matched the funds awarded, effectively doubling the funds. Through wise management, this generous bequest injected more than $5 million into kidney research.

Read about the research funded by the Bootle Awards here.

The value of bequests

As the Bootle Awards show, a bequest is a simple yet significant way to support the early detection, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. To provide a bequest in your will is to provide a gift for the future. You can read more here.

If you wish to discuss making a bequest to support our research program, please phone our National Development Manager, Susan Sayer, on 03 9674 4302, or email susan.sayer@kidney.org.au

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