PKD Foundation awards fellowships to promising PKD researchers

To move us forward in finding treatments, the Foundation has selected four outstanding researchers as recipients of the 2017 PKD Foundation Fellowships. The fellowships recognize early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars – the next generation of scientific leaders in PKD research. Each fellow receives $50,000 a year for two years, totaling $400,000.

“The PKD Foundation’s fellowship program is a critical way to usher in the next generation of PKD researchers,” said Terry Watnick, M.D., PKD Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee Chair. “Without them, the future of PKD research is stagnant. Our goal is to foster their commitment to PKD research and continue our momentum toward finding treatments and cure.”

Meet the awardees

The request for applications (RFA) was released in January with an April deadline. Applicants were evaluated by the PKD Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, comprised of members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and independent outside reviewers. Applications were given a priority score based on the scientific merit of the project, its relevance to PKD research, and the training potential of the applicant. Funding of awards was based on the priority score, the recommendations of the Grants Review Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee leadership, and the availability of funds.

The fellows will submit mid-cycle and final reports to update us on their progress over the next two years.

Since its founding in 1982, the PKD Foundation has invested more than $43 million in research, clinical and scientific grants, fellowships and scientific meetings, making it the largest private funder of PKD research.