PKD Foundation Research Request For Application (RFA)

One of the PKD Foundation’s principal goals is the development of clinical interventions for the treatment of polycystic kidney disease. Traditionally, the Foundation pursued this goal through the support of basic laboratory research aimed at increasing understanding of the genetic and pathological processes involved in PKD. Proposals of this type will be accepted under this RFA; however, proposals with more obvious or direct potential to accelerate the development of potential therapies will be viewed more favorably. Proposals focusing on childhood PKD are also encouraged. It is anticipated that 12 two-year grants will be funded.


Award amounts will equal $80,000 direct costs per year for two years, for a total grant award of $160,000. Second-year funding is dependent upon availability of funds. The funds awarded must be used solely for the purposes specified in the proposal submitted to and approved by the PKD Foundation as executed by the investigator and institution in strict compliance with the budget attached to the application.


Applicants must have an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and hold a faculty appointment at the institution where the research will be conducted. Applicants need not be United States citizens. No fellowships will be awarded under this RFA, although salary for a fellow may be included.

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RFA Instructions

  1. All applications must be submitted electronically by the indicated deadlines. Files must be in Adobe Reader format version 7.0 or higher and no larger than 5 MB in size. Applications must be typed, single-spaced, 12-point font with at least one-inch margins. Please send application in electronic form to Don't have Adobe Reader? Get it here.
  2. Complete and sign the enclosed "2013 Research Application Cover Page" and send as a pdf with your application. The PDF of the original, signed version of the complete application will be considered the primary document. It must be sent to the PKD Foundation no later than the indicated deadline of September 1, 2013.
  3. Please submit the materials listed below, in the order they are listed: (30 page suggested maximum limit)
    1. Proposal summary and its relevance to PKD research (one page limit). Describe project in a scientific abstract understandable to a multidisciplinary group of scientific reviewers.
    2. Separate one paragraph lay summary of 100-150 words (count as one page).
    3. Specific aims and rationale (two page limit).
    4. Background information, including significance to clinical medicine (three page limit).
    5. Research plan (four page limit). Keep separate from Methods Section. Include a brief description of laboratory space, equipment, clinical facilities access to patient populations and other resources necessary to the project.
    6. Methods of study (three page limit).
    7. References (two page limit).
    8. Budget must be in US $ - (one page limit). Must include the following:
      1. Personnel: Salaries, Wages & Fringes: No more than 50% of Direct Costs ($40,000) may be used for the applicant’s salary and fringes. Justify any proposed use of the award for salary support for the applicant.
      2. Consultant Costs (Maximum of $10,000)
      3. Equipment (Maximum of $12,000)
      4. Supplies
      5. Animal Care
      6. Other Costs – including patient care
      7. No Indirect Costs will be paid on this award.
    9. Biosketch page – (two page limit per Principal and Co-Investigators). May substitute NIH Biosketch Page here.
    10. Other Support page – (two page limit per Principal or Co-Investigator).
    11. Signed single page IRB approval sheet and a summary of the clinical protocol, if applicable(two page limit).
    12. Signed IACUC approved animal use protocol if applicable
  4. Number pages sequentially at the bottom center, starting with the Proposal Summary.
  5. Label each page with applicant’s last name and first name initial in the upper right corner.

Download the full RFA and send as a PDF to: with the subject line, "Grant Applications - 2013".

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©2015, PKD Foundation ·The PKD Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), 509 (a)(1) public charity.