Research at PKDF

Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1982, it has invested almost $50 million in more than 1,300 research, clinical and scientific grants, awards, fellowships and scientific meetings. The Foundation’s financial commitment over the years has seen results on a local, national and even global level, including initiating funding for young investigators from around the world; supporting innovative research ideas; and providing seed funding to researchers to allow researchers world-wide to apply for larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.


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PKDF’s Grants and Fellowships Programs

Funding opportunities

The principal goal of our research grant program is the development of clinical interventions for the treatment of PKD. Explore available funding opportunities.

Funded research

The Research Grant and Fellowship Programs will fund critical research to increase understanding of the genetic and pathological processes involved in PKD

Resources for PKD clinicians and researchers

Up to Date information about treating PKD

We partnered with UptoDate to provide medical professionals education on PKD.

PKD Outcomes Consortium

Created to facilitate clinical trial development by establishing a clear regulatory pathway to evaluate the effectiveness of potential treatments

ACT Alerts

Members of the PKD community have signed up for updates on new clinical research. Do you have a study open for enrollment?

Data resources in PKD research

By encouraging utilization of existing datasets, the Foundation hopes to bring new perspectives. Learn more here.

Research news

Explore the latest in polycystic kidney disease publications and articles from our grantees, collaborators, and other PKD experts.

Kaplan award

See past winners or nominate your peers for the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of PKD

For patients who want to get involved in research

Sign up for a study or clinical trial in PKD

From observational studies to clinical trials, patients can help researchers unlock the secrets of PKD and find a treatment by participating in a study.

ADPKD Registry

The first in the U.S., the secure and patient-powered ADPKD Registry will advance research and help us #endPKD.

Become a stakeholder reviewer

Join our panel and provide a patient/caregiver perspective in PKDF’s annual research grant review process.

PKD treatment pipeline

Learn about the treatments for PKD currently being developed in the United States.

Getting a nephrectomy? Donate your PKD kidney to research

Our PKD tissue donation program provides patients with an avenue to contribute to the advancement of our understanding of PKD.

Last reviewed October 2020