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Our research program

Kidney Health Australia has a long tradition of supporting kidney research in Australia. Since 1968 we have distributed more than $30 million towards kidney research in Australia, supporting the vital work of researchers and practitioners in the kidney field.

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Our research goals

We are invested in research that leads the fight against kidney disease. Findings drive strategy and policy development for the advancement of 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.

Our grants program

Kidney Health Australia research prioritises the funding of research focused on the needs of our community. Together with our community and Research Advisory Group, we have identified three key research streams that form the basis of our current grants program:

  • Stream 1: 2018-2019: Improving quality of life and duration of life for those living with CKD
  • Stream 2: 2019-2020: Making kidney transplants last longer
  • Stream 3: 2020-2021: Preventing the progression of chronic kidney disease

Kidney Health Australia will prioritise research in three areas:

  • Basic science
  • Psychosocial
  • Clinical science / population health

Consumer and community engagement

In line with our consumer focus, the Kidney Health Australia Research Grant Program will prioritise projects that clearly demonstrate consumer and/or community involvement or engagement at some or all stages of the research cycle. This includes:

  • Consumer input research priority setting, conception, design and conduct of research ideas and studies
  • Consumers as part of the research team
  • Consumer input in dissemination of research findings
  • Consumer and community involvement in research translation and knowledge implementation

We are pleased to announce that applications for stream 3: preventing the progression of CKD are now open.

Important dates (stream 3)

  • Program launch date - Monday, 7 December 2020
  • Application submission deadline - Friday 5 February 2021
  • Peer review - Monday 8 February - Friday 5 March 2021
  • RAC Deliberation meeting - Week of Monday 1 March 2021
  • Anticipated award notification - Thursday 11 March 2021
  • Funding start date - Thursday 1 April 2021
  • Grant year - 1 April 2021- 31 March 2022
  • Program completion - Friday 31 March 2023

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility in the 'guide to applicants' document
  2. Complete an application form
  3. Submit your research proposal and researcher's CVs to Making sure you fulfill the requirements outlined in the 'guide to applicants' document.

For further information, please send your inquiries to

Grant application form

Stream 2 grant funding recipients (2019-2020)

Stream 1 grant funding recipients funded in (2018-2019)

Previous Kidney Health Australia research grants